Japan decides to test Bayraktar TB2 and MQ-9 Reaper drones

Japan decides to test Bayraktar TB2 and MQ-9 Reaper drones

In December 2022, the Japanese government changed the country's defense policy, indicating that the state has faced "the most difficult and dangerous security situation" since World War II. In this regard, it was envisaged to build up military capabilities aimed at fighting China as the "greatest strategic challenge" and North Korea as "a more serious and imminent threat than it was before."

It was noted that in order to confront these countries, Japan is not enough to have anti-missile defense. It was pointed out the need to equip the troops with reconnaissance and strike drones. Then the local media indicated that in terms of attack UAVs, we are talking about the choice between the Turkish Bayraktar TB2 and the American MQ-9 Reaper.

The issue of their acquisition begins to move into a practical plane. As noted in SavunmaSanayiST, Tokyo has decided to start testing the Bayraktar TB2 and Reaper. In an effort to build on its success in a potential market, the manufacturer has already said that the TB3 version, which is expected to first fly soon, will be optimally suited to be placed on Izumo-type helicopter carriers, as it has folding wings.
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    1. +1
      April 7 2023 15: 03
      I misunderstood something - high-tech and thoroughly robotic Japan, which defeated Godzilla and spawned Pokemon, cannot rivet super-duper drones to itself? It's kind of weird...
      1. -1
        April 7 2023 15: 20
        Of course it can. But why waste time and money when you can buy? Moreover, there is nothing super-technological in these aircraft, and not very many of them are needed. Japan is working on its unmanned fighter jet, it's really very important.
      2. 0
        April 7 2023 15: 23
        Probably, they decided for the Japanese what they can design, and what is not their business. These two turned out to be normal, so let them choose for their health. But seriously, the Japanese have more serious problems to spend time on drones.
      3. +1
        April 7 2023 15: 34
        Maybe yes, the hegimon is running out of time, it’s easier to buy for a stream.
      4. +2
        April 7 2023 20: 28
        Self-restrictions have not yet been properly lifted - this is the time.
        Two, the volume of purchases is such that it is easier to buy and think about the future, just when self-restrictions are lifted, then Mitsubishi, Kawasaki, Nihon and a whole bunch of new start-ups will get down to business.

        Specifically, this competition seems to be generally for land travelers. Sailors bought 3 reconnaissance Reapers.
      5. 0
        April 8 2023 03: 49
        The Japanese decided to get a goat. Therefore, they will try Turkish, evaluate, if necessary, finish it with a file and sew on mother-of-pearl buttons.
        1. 0
          April 8 2023 18: 18
    2. 0
      April 7 2023 15: 33
      Reaper is more like a uterus repeater and general control, and tb2 is like a swarm for a breakthrough plus air defense overload with launches of its missiles. It remains to calculate the reaper.
    3. 0
      April 7 2023 17: 37
      Compared to US drones, Turkish drones are very cheap in terms of features. Why spend more than $100 million on a single drone when you can buy at least a dozen of these drones with that money. The TB2/TB3 may lack stealth and very sophisticated radio jamming, but they make up for it with low maintenance costs and very good software. Japan is also interested in buying Turkey's Kizilema unmanned aircraft until its own unmanned aerial vehicle is ready. But that will depend on Bayraktar's ability to produce a good quality drone fighter. Bayraktar has never built a single jet fighter, while its competitor, the state-owned TAI, has years of experience.

      However, the Turks must invest in stealth technology if they want drones to survive over the Sea of ​​Japan against Russian systems. They also need to be prepared for Russia to sell arms to its enemies.

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