Skip to comments.Japan and China step up drone race as tension builds over disputed islands (drone skirmishes?)
Posted on 01/09/2013 6:42:37 PM PST by Seizethecarp
Both countries claim drones will be used for surveillance, but experts warn of future skirmishes in region's airspace.
Drones have taken centre stage in an escalating arms race between China and Japan as they struggle to assert their dominance over disputed islands in the East China Sea.
China is rapidly expanding its nascent drone programme, while Japan has begun preparations to purchase an advanced model from the US. Both sides claim the drones will be used for surveillance, but experts warn the possibility of future drone skirmishes in the region's airspace is "very high".
Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of the Canadian-based Kanwa Defence Review, said China might be attempting to develop drones that can perform reconnaissance missions as far away as Guam, where the US is building a military presence as part of its "Asia Pivot" strategy.
The Kyodo news agency quoted an unnamed defence ministry official as saying the drones would be used "to counter China's growing assertiveness at sea, especially when it comes to the Senkaku islands".
A 2012 report by the Pentagon acknowledged long-standing rumours that China was developing a new generation of stealth drones, called Anjian, or Dark Sword, whose capabilities could surpass those of the US's fleet.
China's state media reported in October that the country would build 11 drone bases along the coastline by 2015. "Over disputed islands, such as the Diaoyu Islands, we do not lag behind in terms of the number of patrol vessels or the frequency of patrolling," said Senior Colonel Du Wenlong, according to China Radio International.
US drones have also attracted the interest of the South Korean government as it seeks to beef up its ability to monitor North Korea, after last month's successful launch of a rocket that many believe was a cover for a ballistic-missile test.
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Which nation will achieve the first drone-on-drone air combat victory? Which drone will be the first drone ACE?
(see my tag line for a possible asymmetric use of drones)
That which an be deployed can be destroyed.
Japan need but ask and Drone-hunters will fill the skies.
Sadly, Japan suffers from mucho-hubris (it rejected help in the last massive disasters).
But if I had Japan’s resources, I would be building drone killers.
Hang a bunch of forward aspect Sidewinders on a Predator and....
There is something strange about the Japanese.
During WWI, the Japanese treated German pow’s so well that many of them stayed in Japan when the war ended. Then in WWII, this time on the German’s side they were brutal monsters but also fearsome warriors.
Now they seem to have reverted back to decent people.
The Germans weren’t a threat to Japan in WW1. The Japanese could afford to be gracious.
I estimate solar-rechargeable drones with 5+ pound payloads that can stay up permanently will cost uder a grand in 5 years.
That will mean a generational change in military tactics and strategy.
Thanks Seizethecarp, g’night all.
“Then in WWII, this time on the Germans side they were brutal monsters but also fearsome warriors...Now they seem to have reverted back to decent people.”
Bushido. Japanese society was highly militarized in the inter-war years. Japanese school kids drilled with wooden rifles and were indocrinated into the warrior culture as part of normal school cirriculum.
Remember also, that Japan invaded China in 1931 and again in 1937, long before Pearl Harbor.