Japanese experts said the purchase of Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle could lead to regional tensions
Data Figure: U.S. fielding of the Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance aircraft
According to Japan’s “Yomiuri Shimbun,” 2010 English website December 31, the Japanese government source, starting from fiscal year 2011, Japan’s defense will need to purchase a comprehensive study of China and North Korea to monitor the US-made “Global Hawk” unmanned aerial vehicles. Once the successful introduction, “Global Hawk” will become the first Japanese troops and equipment a large UAV.
reported that Japan’s defense ministry will assess the “Global Hawk” in the benefits and costs, and sent senior officials to the U.S. to learn self-defense, “Global Hawk” unmanned aerial vehicle use and maintenance method. Japan believes that equipment, “Global Hawk” will help the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in Japan to better monitor the activities of the Chinese Navy South Pacific waters, but also help monitor the unstable situation on the Korean peninsula.
“Global Hawk” length of 14.5 meters and a wingspan of 40 meters, at an altitude of about 18,000 m continuous flight 30 hours, about 550 kilometers to the radius of the target area reconnaissance. “Global Hawk” price of about 25 billion yen (about $ 40 million) or so, if equipped with a ground command facility, the estimated total cost will exceed 10 billion yen.
for Japan to buy, “Global Hawk” attempt to monitor its neighbors, some experts already warning. Tokyo, Japan Waseda University professor of international relations Takehiko Yamamoto had previously pointed out, “not just in Asia, to any sale of such surveillance would lead to regional tensions, China, Russia and other countries will depend on the ability of potentially offensive . For Japan, this (to buy, “Global Hawk”) is definitely not a good idea. “(Source: International Online -” News of the World “)