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Japan Stepping Up R&D on High-Output Laser Weapons

Japan Stepping Up R&D on High-Output Laser Weapons

   Tokyo, Jan. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry will crank into high gear its research to develop high-output military laser to intercept attack and surveillance drones flying at low altitudes and mortar rounds.
   The ministry included development outlays of 8.7 billion yen for such research in the fiscal 2018 budget.
   It plans soon to open bidding for the manufacture of a prototype land-based laser weapons system for research use and hopes to complete a technical evaluation by fiscal 2023, sources said.
   Many countries including the United States and China have launched laser weapon development. The U.S. military has already started operating such weapons, installed on landing ships.
   The time available to intercept missiles and similar weapons has become increasingly short due to improvements in the stealth capabilities of fighter jets, the lowering of missile flight altitudes and a jump in missile speeds.

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