A second U.S. Global Hawk surveillance drone arrived Wednesday at the U.S. Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture from Guam. The first drone was deployed to Misawa last Saturday.
The drones are the first deployment of the spy aircraft in the country, the U.S. Air Force said.
The Global Hawks are in Japan "to support U.S. intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions and contingency operations throughout the Pacific theater," the U.S. Air Force said on its website.
The high-altitude reconnaissance plane is scheduled to operate until October. The drones are likely to be used to monitor North Korea and China.
Equipped with sophisticated communications capabilities, the Global Hawk can fly at an altitude of 18,000 meters -- about twice as high as commercial passenger planes -- for some 30 hours on autopilot.© Japan Today/AFP