| 24 April 2024, Wednesday |

Japan’s military considers adopting Musk’s Starlink satellite service

The Japanese military is evaluating Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet service with the goal of adopting it next fiscal year, according to the Yomiuri newspaper, citing unnamed official sources.

The Ministry of Defense currently has access to geostationary communication satellites, but the usage of Starlink technology, run by Musk’s SpaceX, would add a network of satellites in low Earth orbit, according to the Yomiuri.

Countries around the world are seeking to build resilience against the risk of jamming of communications or attacks on satellites in the event of conflict.

Japan’s Self-Defense Forces have been testing Starlink since March with the system deployed in about 10 locations and in training, the newspaper said.

Defence ministry spokespeople could not immediately be reached for comment on the report outside business hours.

Starlink technology is being deployed by Ukraine on the battlefield, and Russia is attempting to block its use in the region. Musk said in October SpaceX could not afford to indefinitely fund Starlink’s use in Ukraine.

The U.S. Defense Department said this month it had contracted to provide Starlink services there.

  • Reuters