03 Oct '13, 4pm

US to Deploy Global Hawks, F-35s, New Radars to Japan

US to Deploy Global Hawks, F-35s, New Radars to Japan

WASHINGTON — During a diplomatic visit to Tokyo this week, US officials confirmed that the Japanese government has agreed to base “two to three” American-operated Global Hawk UAVs on Japanese soil beginning early next year. The deployments of the unmanned aircraft “will not be year-round,” a senior administration official said. “It’ll be a seasonal deployment, but they'll be flying out of a US base in Japan for a period of the year.” It will be the first time that US unmanned assets are based on Japanese soil, but the announcement was only one part of a sweeping defense cooperation effort between the two countries that will also include F-35 joint strike fighters, new ballistic missile radars, and increased bilateral cyber and ISR programs. The moves kick off an emerging era of increased US and Japanese military cooperation that included joint training operations earlier t...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20131003/DEFREG02/3100...

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