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Japan Self-Defense Force to deploy additional electronic warfare unit on Okinawa to monitor Taiwan Strait.

| 2021

According to Kelvin Chen in Taiwan News, Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) plans to deploy an additional electronic warfare unit on Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture by the end of 2023. This move is meant to strengthen intelligence collection capabilities in the Taiwan Strait and the Diaoyutai Islands, where tensions with China have been growing.
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Japan Self Defense Force’s Network Electronic Warfare System (Picture source: via Armada International)

Additionally, Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force also plans to deploy a 20-person mobile security team to Yonaguni Island in 2022. The total number of permanently stationed ground and air self-defense personnel on the island will increase from 160 to 250, according to the Liberty Times.

The Okinawa Times pointed out that the new electronic warfare unit will be equipped with a vehicle-mounted network electronic warfare system (NEWS), which can perform functions such as receiving and analyzing electronic waves as well as jamming enemy communications, the Liberty Times said.


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