Japan’s defense agency to propose unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to monitor East China Sea
The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:
8 Nov. 2018 — Tokyo wants to introduce unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) into territorial waters to step-up monitoring activities, Kyodo News reported. The deployment is part of revisions to the defense ministry’s medium-term defense plan, according to the report.
The plan has only been revised four times since 1976, and the medium-term defense plan is drafted every five years. In 2017, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had called for revisions to the midterm plan in response to North Korea’s missile provocations and Chinese incursions into Japan-claimed waters.
Japan’s defense agency is to release its 2019-23 midterm plan in December, according to the report. “The next medium-term plan includes measures for securing high-level border surveillance on remote islands, and introducing and arranging major equipment to strengthen defense,” Kyodo’s government source said, adding a Cabinet vote on the plan will take place Dec. 18.
Dr. Hans C. Mumm