30 May 2014

US deploys first advanced drones to Japan | RallyPoint.com

Military News - US deploys first advanced drones to Japan

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By Seth Robson
Copyright: Stars and Stripes

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Japanese officials and journalists got a close-up look Friday at two RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned surveillance planes — the first of their kind to fly out of a U.S. base in the country.

The latest American high-tech weapons to come to Japan arrived at Misawa Air Base over the past week from their home on Guam. They will fly missions out of the base until October, according to U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella.

The long-range, unarmed drones could be used to monitor Chinese military activities and possible North Korean nuclear tests.

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