Japan intends to purchase the U.S. Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle to strengthen the Sino-Korean military reconnaissance
Each” Global Hawk “cost about $ 50 million. Data for: United States, “Global Hawk” unmanned reconnaissance aircraft Global Network reporter Li Zongze
reported, according to Japan’s Kyodo News quoted the October 4, more than Japan’s defense ministry and the SDF as saying the Ministry of Defense on the procurement of three ongoing United States, “Global Hawk” unmanned reconnaissance aircraft discussion. Allegedly, this is in response to China’s military expansion and North Korean nuclear missiles.
reported that Japan’s Defense Ministry plans to purchase Global Hawk program is written in the late development of the new “National Defense Program Outline” and as a basis for the “mid-term defense force preparedness plan” (2011 mid-term anti- -2015 year), this “mid-term defense force preparedness plan” has made it clear that Japan needs to strengthen intelligence capabilities unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. It is understood that Japan’s Ministry of Defense from 2003 to proceed with unmanned reconnaissance basic technology research, but US-made “Global Hawk” than Japanese-made aircraft account for the performance and cost advantages, the U.S. government through various channels sell to Japan, so Japan’s defense ministry tend to be imported, “Global Hawk” unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. Including carrying weapons, including each “Global Hawk” cost about $ 50 million, the total amount expected to be over $ 150 million. In addition, the construction of a headquarters function of the ground facility is expected to spend tens of billions of yen.
article said, “Global Hawk” with a high-performance cameras and monitoring capabilities with highly sensitive communications, civil aviation aircraft in the flight altitude of approximately 2-fold to 1.8 meters altitude flying more than 30 hours automatically. The data collected almost simultaneously transmitted to the ground command. Because there is sufficient altitude, it can be implemented on North Korea and China to further long-range reconnaissance. In addition, the “Global Hawk” endurance than manned aircraft, distance, help to strengthen intelligence gathering and surveillance activities.
Defense Ministry plans to “Global Hawk” for defense and responding to suspicious vessels reefs, also considered as a missile defense system (MD) part to use.