• Short Summary

    JAPAN CURRENTLY HAS 230,000 PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN GROUND, AIR AND NAVAL DEFENCE. THE WEAPONS THEY?

  • Description

    JAPAN CURRENTLY HAS 230,000 PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN GROUND, AIR AND NAVAL DEFENCE. THE WEAPONS THEY USE INCLUDE THE LATEST AMERICAN JET FIGHTERS AND TWO TYPES OF JAPANESE-BUILT TANKS.

    GROUND-DEFENCE ALONE ACCOUNTS FOR 170,000 -- FOUR FULLY-EQUIPPED DIVISIONS HEAVILY ARMED, AND USING TWO TYPES OF JAPANESE-MADE TANKS. FIRSTLY THE 61-TYPE, WEIGHING 35 TONS WITH A MAXIMUM SPEED OF 27 M.P.H. (45 KM. P.H.) AND EQUIPPED WITH A 90MM CANNON, ON AN ASCENDING AND DESCENDING TURRET AND TWO MACHINE GUNS.

    THE OTHER MACHINE IS THE LARGER "ANTI-WAR TANK" WITH A 106MM CANNON AND A CREW OF THREE. BOTH TANKS ARE DESIGNED WITH SPECIAL JAPANESE WEATHER CONDITIONS IN MIND, INCLUDING HEAVY SNOW AND THICK MUD.

    JAPAN'S AIR SELF DEFENCE FORCES COMPRISE 1,000 AIRCRAFT, INCLUDING TRAINERS, TRANSPORTERS, SUBMARINE SPOTTERS, HELICOPTERS, PLUS AMERICAN-BUILT SUPER SABRES AND THE LATEST F-104'S FOR INTERCEPTION.

    JET INTERCEPTORS ARE ON STAND-BY AROUND THE CLOCK. WHENEVER THE WING COMMANDING OFFICE OR RADAR SITE PICK UP ANY STRANGE AIRCRAFT, A SIGH FLASHES FOR THE TWO DUTY PILOTS TO GET AIRBORNE AND INVESTIGATE. THE "HOT", OR EMERGENCY SIGN WAS GIVEN MORE THAN 900 TIMES OVER JAPANESE TERRITORY DURING 1969.

    AT HACHINOE, ON THE NORTHERN TIP OF THE JAPANESE MAINLAND, THERE IS A BASE FOR JAPAN'S SQUADRONS OF PVS-2 AIRCRAFT FOR LONG-RANGE SCOUTING AND ANTI-SUBMARINE DUTIES. JAPAN IS AN ISLAND COUNTRY DEPENDING HEAVILY ON MERCHANT-FLEET SUPPLIES, AND GREAT EMPHASIS IS PLACED ON PROTECTION FROM ATTACH BY ENEMY SUBMARINES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAAYYMT59SPQ5C74WHHU6OP508
    Media URN:
    VLVAAAYYMT59SPQ5C74WHHU6OP508
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/02/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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