Japan plans to strengthen the missile interception network by 2031 and add the missile interception capabilities of 14 air defense units of the Ground Self-Defense Force, especially to strengthen the air defense of the Southwest Islands.

The picture shows the "Patriot III" anti-aircraft missile of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

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By 2031, the ground interception network will be upgraded, and the air defense force of the Southwest Islands will be increased to 11

[Special Commissioner Lin Cuiyi in Japan/Tokyo 5th Report] In order to strengthen the "Ballistic Missile Defense" (BMD) system to deal with threats from China and North Korea, Japan plans to strengthen the ground interception network by 2031, and the new Increase the missile interception capabilities of the 14 air defense units of the Ground Self-Defense Force, especially the air defense of the Southwest Islands. Six units will be deployed in Okinawa Prefecture, and one unit will be deployed in Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture, plus the Air Self-Defense Force currently deployed on the main island of Okinawa With four troops, the air defense force of the Southwest Islands will nearly triple to eleven.

China's 14 air defense forces deploy missile interception systems

The "Type 03 Surface-to-Air Missile" (Central SAM) of the Ground Self-Defense Force will be modified to intercept ballistic missiles. It is scheduled to start deployment in 2026. Including the new formation, it will be deployed in Ibaraki, Ibaraki, and Japan by 2031. Chiba, Yamanashi, Fukuoka, Okinawa and other places, Okinawa is divided into three Okinawa main islands, Miyako Island, Ishigaki Island and Yonaguni Island each.

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For the "Patriot III" (PAC-3) anti-aircraft missile used by the Air Self-Defense Force, an upgraded version of the extended-range MSE missile will be purchased, and it is planned to deploy a radar system in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Kyushu that is better able to deal with hypersonic weapons.

Many Japanese media reported that the "Defense Force Preparedness Plan" and "National Defense Strategy" of the three national security strategy documents that will be submitted to the cabinet meeting for decision this month have been included in these plans.

The Okinawa garrison upgrades the defense group and expands to 3,000 people

In order to strengthen the defense of the Southwest Islands in response to "Taiwan events", Japan plans to expand the 15th Brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Force currently stationed in Okinawa before 2027 and upgrade it to the "Okinawa Defense Group". In addition to increasing equipment, personnel The establishment will also be expanded from the existing 2,000 to 3,000.

The Yomiuri Shimbun reported that China is expanding its hegemony and is likely to use force to force the reunification of Taiwan. The Japanese government believes that it is necessary to strengthen the defense of the Southwest Islands adjacent to Taiwan, so it has expanded and upgraded the existing brigades stationed in the station to a defense group.

The 15th Brigade of the Ground Self-Defense Force was established in 2010. The headquarters is located in Naha, Okinawa. In addition to the ordinary division company equivalent to the infantry unit, there are anti-aircraft special division company and reconnaissance team responsible for air defense. , about 2,000 people were prepared.

The plan is to add a general division company and upgrade it to the "Okinawa Defense Group". The newly organized part has about 3,000 people.

In line with the expansion and upgrading of the troops, the Naha garrison also obtained new land.

Lu Zi's current combat forces are roughly divided into nine "divisions" and six "brigades". The newly organized defense group is between the "brigades" and "divisions".

After the Okinawa Defense Group is on the road, it will be able to deploy from the main island of Okinawa to the outlying islands when there is an emergency. Before the reinforcements from the Japanese mainland arrive, the defense system will be improved, and the deterrent force will be improved. To deal with "cognitive warfare" such as residents' uneasiness, and to complete the task of protecting citizens through close cooperation with local governments and a clear division of labor.