Japan to Deploy Electronic Warfare Unit to Island to Monitor Taiwan Strait | Taiwan News
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MOD) plans to deploy an additional electronic warfare unit to Yonaguni Island in Okinawa Prefecture by the end of 2023.
The Okinawa Times reported on Monday (November 8) that the MOD had set aside 3.1 billion yen (NT $ 760 million) in the 2022 budget for new offices and dormitories on Yonaguni Island following its decision to deploy the unit, which consists of 50-60 soldiers. Ten Land Self-Defense Force personnel will also be stationed on the island, according to the Liberty Times.
The move aims to strengthen intelligence gathering capabilities in the Taiwan Strait and the Diaoyutai Islands, where tensions with China have increased.
In addition, the Air Self-Defense Force also plans to deploy a 20-person mobile security team to Yonaguni Island in 2022. The total number of ground and air self-defense personnel permanently stationed on the island will increase from 160 to 250, according to the times of freedom.
Electronic warfare primarily uses radio and electromagnetic waves to interfere with enemy communications equipment and radars as well as to prevent electronic sabotage.
The Okinawa Times pointed out that the new electronic warfare unit will be equipped with a vehicle-mounted Network Electronic Warfare System (NEWS), which can perform functions such as receiving and analyzing electronic waves as well as interference with enemy communications, the Liberty Times reported.