Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Japan Begins Military Build Up Including Marine Corps

Japan has published new NDPG and plans to spend to JPY24.7 trillion on new platforms in the next five years

Tokyo will buy tilt-rotor aircraft, HALE UAVs, more destroyers, and establish an amphibious rapid-reaction force to deter any attempts to invade its offshore islands

Japan has announced plans to spend JPY24.7 trillion yen (USD240 billion) on new materiel over the next five years to build a 'Dynamic Joint Defense Force' that can maintain air and maritime superiority around its islands in the East China Sea and better respond to 'grey zone' situations.

The spending outline, published by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on 17 December, is a 5% increase on the MoD's existing budget and includes plans to buy 17 tilt-rotor aircraft, three high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), 52 amphibious assault vehicles, and other capability enhancements across all three services.

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