Tokyo seeks to deploy “hundreds” of attack drones to remote islands
According to local media reports, the Japanese military planned to use kamikaze drones to attack landing forces and enemy ships, in the event of an invasion of distant territories. of countries such as the Nansei Islands.
Initial, “On a trial basis” The military wants to deploy a limited number of American munitions and other unspecified foreign-made munitions, until the Japanese defense industry finds a viable domestic alternative. Japan Times report on Sunday. Japan’s Jiji News Agency Written that by 2025, the military hopes to deploy “Several hundred”of such aircraft to strengthen the defenses of the Nansei Islands and other outlying regions.
The Department of Defense has included a drone strike capability in its 2023 budget request, the largest budget in the country’s history, but how much money will actually be allocated has yet to be decided. determined.
The new measure appears to be aimed at Beijing, as Japanese reports specifically note that China has developed and sent attack drones into the country. “practical use,” All while “Expand its operation” around the southwestern islands of Japan.
Various munitions, commonly known as ‘kamikaze’ or ‘smoking’ drones, have been widely used during the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict. Washington has provided Ukraine with hundreds of Switchblade tactical kamikaze drones, as well as named models Ghost phoenix, which is said to be custom-developed to Kiev specifications on short notice. Russian forces have also used a variety of kamikaze drones, particularly in a major attack on vital Ukrainian infrastructure last week.
At the end of August, Japan’s Defense Ministry asked the government to approve a record 5.59 trillion yen ($37.6 billion) for the next financial year, citing concerns about threats. allegedly from China and North Korea, and claimed that Beijing “Continued threats to use force to unilaterally change the status quo and is deepening the alliance with Russia.”
The budget increase will go towards mass production of ground-launched cruise missiles, as well as improving the range of Type 12, Ministry of Defense missiles. speak, adding that it will also seek to develop a hypersonic munition. Although officials did not give any tentative specifications for the new weapon, they said it could potentially reach mainland China if it were stationed on the Japanese island chain of Okinawa.