Ja­pan to snoop on North Korea with RQ-4 Global Hawk


Ja­pan has em­barked on a plan to ac­quire the Global Hawk—a high-al­ti­tude, long-dis­tance un­manned sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance air­craft—from the United States to en­hance the Ja­panese Self-De­fense Forces’ (JSDF) abil­ity to col­lect in­for­ma­tion.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is an un­manned ae­rial ve­hi­cle (UAV) used by the United States Air Force and Navy and the Ger­man Air Force as a sur­veil­lance air­craft.

The planned in­tro­duc­tion of the cut­ting-edge drone would bol­ster Ja­pan’s in­tel­li­gence ca­pa­bil­i­ties, en­abling it to more ef­fec­tively cope with the in­creased pres­sure by China over the Senkaku Is­lands in Ok­i­nawa Pre­fec­ture, ac­cord­ing to government and Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party sources.

The Global Hawk would also en­hance the JSDF’s abil­ity to gather in­for­ma­tion on North Korea, which has pushed ahead with pro­grammes to de­velop bal­lis­tic mis­siles and nu­clear weapons, the sources said.

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