According to the report of Japan's Kyodo News on December 6, Japanese government sources revealed on the 5th that the government has begun to coordinate and plan to develop a new defense development guidelines in the end of the year. An air defense system with a large output power laser that instantly destroys the target. Regarding the concept of the aircraft carrier of the Izumo frigate, which was once the focus, it is planned to be positioned as a multi-purpose frigate in the outline.
The report said that there are opinions that the government intends to abandon the use of the name of the aircraft carrier because it considers that there are concerns about Japan's departure from the defensive policy. In addition to the F-35B, the most sophisticated stealth fighter capable of vertical landing, it is also used as a base for disasters and to have a hospital ship. The fact that the aircraft carrier has changed has not changed.
High power lasers can be imported at a lower cost. It is envisaged to illuminate attacking small drones and mortar shells to implement interception. This is the most advanced technology called the rule changer that subverts the common sense of defense. In the future, long-range cruise missiles and cutting-edge stealth fighters will also be included. There are also opinions that high-priced equipment is not required at that time, and the unity of future equipment introduction plans may be questioned.
According to relevant sources, in recent years, there have been successive attacks in the world that cannot be dealt with by previous defense measures, such as remotely maneuvering multiple drones equipped with bombs to detonate at low altitude. In addition to the terrorist forces such as the State and the extremist Islamic State (IS), it is easy for ordinary people to buy drones. Considering that this threat is likely to increase, the government intends to promote laser research and development.
The government plans to increase the power of 50 kW in the research to date to 100 kW that can shoot down drones and mortars. After that, it is also intended to increase the power to more than 300 kilowatts capable of intercepting missiles. The ability to track flying objects in order to achieve illumination will also be enhanced.
The laser is a kind of light. It is characterized by the fact that compared with missiles and machine guns, the speed is overwhelming, and there is no worries. It is said to be invisible to the naked eye when used for air defense. The system uses electricity as an energy source. It has been suggested that if development progresses, the cost per exposure will only be about 100 yen (about RMB 6).