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Japan's coast guard to expand fleet of reconnaissance drones

Trio of U.S.-built SeaGuardians will keep close eye on Japanese waters

The U.S.-built SeaGuardian aerial drone can fly around the perimeter of Japan's exclusive economic zone and back.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The Japan Coast Guard will add two more drones to its fleet of SeaGuardian unmanned aerial vehicles, bringing the count to three that will watch for potentially hostile activity in Japanese waters.

The government included funding for the additional drones in the fiscal 2023 draft budget. The aircraft will be used to spot foreign fishing boats and unidentified vessels operating illegally in Japan's exclusive economic zone.

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