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Japan: Country unveils US-designed SeaGuardian drone to strengthen maritime surveillance04:37

Japan: Country unveils US-designed SeaGuardian drone to strengthen maritime surveillance

Japan, Hachinohe
November 17, 2022 at 13:36 GMT +00:00 · Published

Japan's Coast Guard unveiled the SeaGuardian, a large US-designed drone to the press at the Hachinohe Air Base of the Maritime Self-Defense Force in Aomori Prefecture on Thursday.

The SeaGuardian, manufactured by the American company General Atomics, is 11.7 metres in length and 24 metres wide, equipped with two cameras and designed to respond to marine accidents and disasters. The aircraft will be controlled from an operations centre located in the hangar at the base, according to the Japanese Coast Guard.

"It has excellent monitoring equipment and a very stable video transmission system to headquarters and the main office. By using this system, we feel that we can strengthen our maritime surveillance in Japan and the surrounding sea areas," said Coast Guard Superintendent Kazuya Shimamoto, speaking at a press conference ahead of take-off.

The drone has been in service since October 19, mainly for maritime surveillance.

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Japan's Coast Guard unveiled the SeaGuardian, a large US-designed drone to the press at the Hachinohe Air Base of the Maritime Self-Defense Force in Aomori Prefecture on Thursday.

The SeaGuardian, manufactured by the American company General Atomics, is 11.7 metres in length and 24 metres wide, equipped with two cameras and designed to respond to marine accidents and disasters. The aircraft will be controlled from an operations centre located in the hangar at the base, according to the Japanese Coast Guard.

"It has excellent monitoring equipment and a very stable video transmission system to headquarters and the main office. By using this system, we feel that we can strengthen our maritime surveillance in Japan and the surrounding sea areas," said Coast Guard Superintendent Kazuya Shimamoto, speaking at a press conference ahead of take-off.

The drone has been in service since October 19, mainly for maritime surveillance.