A senior US administration official said the new radar, which was initially announced by then-US secretary of defense Leon Panetta about a year ago, would provide better coverage in the event of a North Korean attack. There already is one of the X-band radar systems in the northern part of Japan, but the official said the second one, to be located in Kyoto Prefecture, would fill gaps in coverage.
The official said details about the deployment of the US Global Hawk drones were still being worked out. The plans also includes the deployment of F-35 jets for US Marines in about 2017.
More broadly, the 10-page statement signed by Kerry and Hagel was designed to improve military and diplomatic relations with Japan, while working to reduce the US’ troop footprint in Japan.