New Japanese Radar to Monitor Foreign "Killer" Satellites

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Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)--A new space radar that Japan aims to put into operation in Yamaguchi Prefecture in fiscal 2023 will be designed to monitor not just space debris but also foreign "killer" satellites, government sources have said.

The move comes at a time when Russia and China are believed to be developing such killer satellites, aimed at attacking the satellites of other countries.

With the new radar, the government plans to broadly monitor objects harmful to the peaceful use of outer space, while sharing related information with the U.S. military, the sources said.

Space surveillance is a key element of the concept of "cross-domain operations," which the government included in its new National Defense Program Guidelines, in the face of diversifying security threats.

The Defense Ministry will newly set up a space surveillance unit under the Air Self-Defense Force.

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