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ADECS 2019: Japan plans new electronic attack aircraft

22nd January 2019 - 12:00 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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Japan has decided to develop its own EW aircraft to oppose China and Russia, countries that are already reinforcing their own EW capabilities. This goal was outlined in December’s Mid-Term Defense Plan.

The new EW aircraft will reportedly employ Kawasaki C-2 transport and P-1 patrol airframes. Considering the flight characteristics of both aircraft types, these EW aircraft will obviously be used as stand-off jammers.

It is already known that an ELINT variant of the C-2 will be in service by 2027. However, there is no fixed development schedule for a P-1-based EW platform. As the P-1 uses fibre-optic cables for

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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