SeaGuardian is said to be a game changer that will revolutionize maritime security, capable of capturing detailed footage of ships over 9 miles away.
The new large size UAV has an onboard infrared camera to assist the Japan Coast Guard in evaluating maritime accidents and security issues in coastal waters.
Evolving threats, such as hypersonic missiles that are difficult to detect, are prompting Japan to consider using UAVs for first alert in its national defense.
The debate continues, however: Do attacks on enemy drones violate Japan’s basic security posture that force be used “exclusively for defense”?
That China is an important stakeholder in Arctic affairs is emerging rapidly and will affect global power politics, far beyond economics, going forward.