GSDF Electronic, Cyber Units Designed for Island Defense

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry plans to set up an electronic warfare unit at Camp Kengun of the Ground Self-Defense Force's Western Army in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan, as part of an effort to strengthen the defense of outlying islands.

At the same base, a cybersecurity unit was established this spring as the first such local GSDF unit.

In the Nansei island chain, a project is under way to deploy a surface-to-ship missile unit to prevent an invasion of remote islands.

"China has extended the firing range of cruise missiles and increased its attack capability in cyberspace and electromagnetic waves, areas that have become greater security threats," a senior ministry official said. "The SDF will put priority on the defense of its command communications system and responses to attacks from outside the threat zone."

In response to signs of an island invasion, the 80-strong electronic warfare unit will jam an enemy's radar and missile guidance signals, while protecting the GSDF's communications.

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