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General Atomics pushes Guardian to Japan

29th March 2017 - 04:50 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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During a presentation at the Japan Drone 2017 exhibition on 23 March, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc (GA-ASI) disclosed that it is proposing the Guardian maritime patrol platform to both the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF) and the Japan Coast Guard (JCG).

At the same venue, GA-ASI announced that it had executed a research collaboration agreement in Japan to speed up approval for MALE UAVs to fly in Japanese airspace.

Japan's aviation regulations have greatly hindered the introduction of UAVs into Japan, including for the Japan Self-Defence Force and the JCG. This has curtailed their ability to operate such unmanned

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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