Friday, October 8, 2010

Japan to keep closer watch over its skies

The government is considering deploying early warning aircraft to monitor a blind spot in its far southwestern perimeter that includes the Senkaku Islands, which were the subject of a bitter territorial dispute with China last month.E2-C early warning aircraft are currently based at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture, but Defense Ministry officials are considering rotating some of them to Naha Air Base on a temporary basis to conduct surveillance over the long chain of islands extending south of Kyushu toward Taiwan.The air space above Japan is observed around the clock by a national network of 28 ground-based radar sites, as well as E2-C propeller aircraft and larger E-767 airborne early warning and control aircraft.

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