The U.S. military on Wednesday gave Japanese media their first look at a Global Hawk surveillance drone at the Yokota Air Base in Tokyo.
Five of the giant drones have been deployed to Yokota until October to avoid typhoons that often strike their home base of Guam during the summer.
The Global Hawk has a wingspan of 40 meters and is 15 meters long. It can fly at altitudes of 15,000 meters -- higher than manned aircraft, U.S. military officials said.
Although the U.S military gave few details on the drones’ mission, they are believed to be monitoring Chinese maritime activity in the region as well as North Korea’s nuclear and missile launch facilities, Fuji TV reported.
A U.S. military spokesman said the drones are used to collect data that will safeguard the interests of Japan and other U.S. allies in the region.© Japan Today