National Apr 1, 2020

Japan to launch team to develop new fighter jet

The Defense Ministry-affiliated Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Agency on Wednesday set up a dedicated team to develop the successor to Japan's retiring F-2 fighter jet. The team will be led by an Air Self-Defense Force major general working in the position of equipment development officer ...

Japan and others to urge U.S. arms program to fix sloppy service

National Mar 29, 2020

Japan and others to urge U.S. arms program to fix sloppy service

Japan and 10 other countries are set to ask the United States to improve the way it manages its military sales program to address equipment-delivery delays and the slow return of excess payments, government sources say. Worried about its deployment plans being affected by the ...

Pentagon successfully tests nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

World Mar 21, 2020

Pentagon successfully tests nuclear-capable hypersonic missile

The United States announced Friday it had successfully tested an unarmed prototype of a hypersonic missile, a nuclear-capable weapon that could accelerate the arms race among three superpowers. The Pentagon said a test glide vehicle flew at hypersonic speeds — more than five times the ...

Global defense spending rose 4% in 2019, study says

World Feb 15, 2020

Global defense spending rose 4% in 2019, study says

Global defense spending saw its biggest jump in a decade in 2019, driven by the U.S. and China, a study said Friday, as rivalries and conflicts stoke military investment. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said the 4 percent rise, compared to a year ...

Defense info may have leaked from cyberattacks on Mitsubishi Electric

National Feb 11, 2020

Defense info may have leaked from cyberattacks on Mitsubishi Electric

The Defense Ministry has said that defense-related information may have leaked following cyberattacks on Mitsubishi Electric Corp. last year. The ministry is closely investigating whether it will have an impact on national security, it said Monday. Information pertaining to bidding for contracts on defense equipment research, ...