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Japan eyes electronic-warfare jet, could jam missile bases

Remote strike potential would draw nation closer to offensive capability

Boeing's EA-18G electronic-warfare fighter. (Photo courtesy of Boeing)

TOKYO -- Japan looks to deploy electronic-warfare aircraft that can neutralize enemy air defenses and command systems remotely, blurring the line between strict self-defense and offensive base-strike capability.

The country is exploring options including Boeing's EA-18G fighter jet -- nicknamed the "Growler" -- which emits large radio pulses to jam radar and communication systems. The EA-18G also carries missiles to knock out radar facilities.

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