Japan will invest $240 billion in new military equipment and weapons during the next five years as part its national security strategy, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday.
Richard Sisk writes Japan wants to increase its military readiness after China recentlyestablished an air defense zone that covers territory disputed by the two Asian nations.
“The security situation around Japan has become even more severe, and in order to maintain peace, it is necessary to implement national security policies in a more strategic and structured manner,” according to a Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement obtained by DoD Buzz.
Sisk reports Japan intends to purchase 28 F-35s, 17 MV-22 Ospreys, 52 amphibious troop carriers and three Global Hawk drones.
The country will also build an amphibious defense force to monitor and safeguard uninhabited islets in the East China Sea, according to the article.