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Drone filming Japanese MSDF ship went undetected: source

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The intrusion of an unauthorized drone suspected to have filmed a video of a docked Maritime Self-Defense Force ship near Tokyo went undetected, a government source said Tuesday, suggesting a serious flaw in security.

The Defense Ministry said the footage, posted on a Chinese social media platform in March, may be authentic, as it provides a clear overhead shot of the deck of the carrier Izumo while it was docked at an MSDF base in Yokosuka.

The video is also believed not to have been generated by artificial intelligence, with the owner of the footage saying in a recent online interview with Kyodo News, conducted in English, "All the footages I posted are filmed by myself."

Unauthorized drone flights are prohibited near the Yokosuka base and its vicinity, and the Self-Defense Forces are supposed to detect unmanned aerial vehicles by radar or other means before trying to jam or capture them.

But such appropriate steps were not taken when the drone in the undated video flew, the source said. On Tuesday, Defense Minister Minoru Kihara acknowledged that the SDF's countermeasures against the intrusion of drones were "insufficient."

Kihara also pledged to introduce high-quality equipment to deal with incoming drones as soon as possible.

Izumo, one of the largest MSDF vessels, is undergoing an upgrade to become a de facto aircraft carrier.

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Security breach.

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Oops!

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Every year Japan has record budget and where those defense budget actually go? Not for strategic asset security for sure.

https://asia.nikkei.com/Economy/Japan-passes-112.57tn-yen-budget-including-record-defense-spend

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owner of the footage saying in a recent online interview with Kyodo News, conducted in English, "All the footages I posted are filmed by myself.

Japan was so lucky at that time, because those drone only being used by amateur, not actual ill intent entity.

https://www.wionews.com/videos/drone-records-japanese-warships-secretly-721477

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I have seen recently an instance where a civilian drone approached a designated no fly zone in the USA, when it hit that limit an inbuilt algorithm immediately and automatically returned it to its start point.

So it isn’t that difficult to ensure every drone held or sold has such a limiter installed. Add effective detection and capture and the problem goes away.

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Old news

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US has a no fly zone for drone in residential area

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I saw a map of this base,it have residential homes and private businesses,why do the Yokosuka US base have American street names an

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Thia kind of breach won't even get you into Pillar IV of AUKUS unfortunately.

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Gambling addiction OR mental illness

This is like watching somebody slowly sinking in quicksand and they can’t stop it.

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The same individual also posted close up drone footage of the USS Ronald Reagan in port with a full compliment of aircraft on the deck.

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They have a countermeasure to prevent such an intrusion, by defusing the drone's AI system, don’t they?

But then your antagonist will develop a countermeasure to it. At any rate, a future war will be fought mainly with AI-controlled war machinery and cruise missiles.

What's the use then of building Futenma's replacement in Henoko, Nago City, Okinawa, with Ospreys to transport troops in mind?

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This is why Japan’s allies repeatedly state their trepidation about Japan’s minor league security approach.

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@Yrral Was that a Google Map LOL btw Yokosuka US base have American street names for the same reason Los Angeles and other major cities have foreign names. Goggle it like everything else instead of asking WHY!

I saw a map of this base,it have residential homes and private businesses,why do the Yokosuka US base have American street names an

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For all those bellyaching about this, consider another amateur landed a similar quadcopter on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth. Or the Belarusian quadcopter owner who landed one on the rotodome of a Russian Air Force AWACS aircraft. This is a problem for all the world's military forces to contend with. It is not easy to detect something so small an to prevent incursions will require detection equipment and some means to defeat drones surrounding military bases that often rival the area of states or provinces. Look for example at the sheer size of the bases at Yokosuka or Kure, or the US Navy bases lining San Diego Bay. Or Norfolk VA. Consider how big someplace like Eglin AFB is. Or Dugway Proving Grounds. How do you protect such huge pieces of real estate, especially in places like San Diego or Norfolk with huge civilian communities right up to the fences of the base. It is not as if the problem is being ignored. It is not. But it is a huge challenge and the equipment is just not there yet for any military.

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