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Japan professes desire for Israeli UAVs

12th August 2016 - 04:49 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo

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The Japan Self-Defence Force (JSDF) is buying three Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Block 30 UAVs, but it is simultaneously exploring cooperation with Israel because it recognises the needs for complementary UAVs.

The JSDF is particularly interested in the Heron TP from Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Its purchase cost is lower than the Global Hawk’s, and IAI is prepared to share sensitive technical information with Japan.

The JSDF is not positive about using domestic UAVs because they do not have enough reliability. Furthermore, Japanese aviation regulations are strict about using UAVs in urban areas, and the military is afraid of

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Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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