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Japan to use drones to enhance maritime surveillance

TOKYO -- Japan plans to use drones to enhance its maritime surveillance capabilities. The government sees the technology, to be introduced on a test basis in 2018, as a way to better respond to natural disasters and improve security around remote islands.

      The Ministry of Defense and the Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center are working to deploy two high-altitude, long-range drones, which would be used in tandem with an existing monitoring system that uses an intelligence-gathering satellite. 

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