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Singapore Airshow 2020: Japan to form an ‘aerospace’ force

5th February 2020 - 07:00 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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The Japanese government is to change the name of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) to the Japan Aerospace Self-Defense Force as early as Fiscal Year 2021.

The renamed JASDF will be tasked with defending airspace to an altitude over 100km high.

Japan is adding a space element to the JASDF because the MoD has been operating six Information Gathering Satellites (IGS) and two X-band communications satellites, and it will start operating an artificial satellite with two-wavelength infrared sensors.

Due to an increasing reliance on space, satellite defence has become a serious issue. Killer satellites and potential interference from Chinese

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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