The Japanese government is currently considering launching satellites capable of destroying military satellites of other countries if necessary, TASS reported referring to the Yomiuri newspaper.
According to a government source, the Japanese authorities may begin launching such satellites in the second half of 2020.
The newspaper writes that the corresponding decision is connected with the rapidly growing threat of military confrontation in space and the fact that Russia and China, according to the publication, are already developing combat military satellites.
“Our companions now have no defensive capabilities,” the newspaper quotes a representative of the country's defense ministry.
Currently, the Japanese Self-Defense Forces in geostationary orbit have their own satellites engaged in the collection of information and data transmission.
Yomiuri also writes that the development of technologies necessary to disable the electronics of other satellites, as well as to protect their own satellites from such attacks, is already underway in Japan.