Jul 17, 2014

Japan, Britain to join forces to research missile technology

Japan and Britain plan to collaborate on researching technology for air-to-air missiles that could one day be loaded on the F-35 stealth fighter jets to be acquired and operated by the Air Self-Defense Force, Japanese government sources said Wednesday. The envisioned collaboration between the ...

Aug 31, 2013

Website reports major construction at rocket test site

Fresh satellite imagery shows North Korea has embarked on a major new construction program at the facility where it launched a long-range rocket in December, a U.S. research institute said. The construction includes what could be a possible new launchpad for testing mobile ballistic ...

Jun 29, 2013

Order to intercept North Korean missiles lifted

The government on Friday lifted an order for the Self-Defense Forces to shoot down North Korean ballistic missiles in the event that any are launched, sources said Friday. Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who issued the order April 7, formally lifted it Friday, the sources ...

Feb 24, 2013

U.S. radar to counter North's missiles

Tokyo and Washington are mulling the installation of an X-band radar system at an Air Self-Defense Force base in Kyoto Prefecture to build up Japan’s missile defense system and counter the North Korean ballistic missile threat, sources close to bilateral ties revealed Saturday. The ...

North Korea nuclear test sparks alarm

Feb 13, 2013

North Korea nuclear test sparks alarm

North Korea stages its most powerful nuclear test yet, claiming a technological breakthrough with a "miniaturized" device in a striking act of defiance to global powers, including its sole patron, China.