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Radar information sharing implemented by JASDF

Date Posted: 2007-06-01

Teamwork between the Japanese Air Self Defense Force and the US military has jumped a notch with a new radar data sharing arrangement.

The Japanese Defense Ministry last month began passing information from its Air Self Defense Force early warning radars in a move to enhance its air defense capabilities. A ministry spokesman says Japan wants to increase its abilities against both North Korean and Chinese military operations by combining its radar systems with the highly sophisticated American spy satellites system.

The Japanese system, a Base Air Defense Ground Environment system, draws data from 28 of its radar sites around the country. That data is integrated with information learned from its air units, then used by intelligence personnel. The U.S. has long sought access to the BADGE system, and received it during joint military exercises. With the change, Japan how has access to American data from both patrol aircraft and satellites.

The Self Defense Forces began realigning some operations early last year to more effectively integrate with American Forces. The U.S. Air Force and ASDF will work together on contingency plans for combat operations, natural disasters and terrorist threats.

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