|Photo taken March 29, 2021 shows an electronic warfare system introduced at a Ground Self-Defense Force base in Kumamoto. (Photo by=Kyodo)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] The Japanese government accelerates its enhancement of the Self-Defense Forces' capabilities in the field of outer space, cyberspace and the electromagnetic spectrum in the face of China and Russia's military buildup, according to Kyodo report.
A senior SDF official said that together with the conventional land, sea and air domains, having advantages in the new fields is "crucially important" for the SDF to ensure effective communication capabilities and troop deployment, including grasp locations of enemy troops and assets, An 80-member electronic warfare unit was launched in March at a Ground Self-Defense Force base in the southwestern city of Kumamoto. The unit detects and analyzes naval and airborne communications as well as radar emissions from neighboring countries. It will also be responsible for disrupting enemy communications and radar if called upon.
Five other similar units are scheduled to be set up with their headquarters at Camp Asaka in the Tokyo metropolitan area by March 2022. The Defense Ministry is also developing a stand-off electronic warfare aircraft designed to jam enemy radar.As for the Space Operations Squadron, a new organization will be established during this fiscal year to lead a team of some 70 members, expanded from approximately 20 people who are now commissioned to monitor space debris and suspicious satellites.