Regarding the incident of an ROK naval vessel directing its fire-control radar at an MSDF patrol aircraft

January 4, 2019
Ministry of Defense

The original text is in Japanese.

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) considers that the incident occurred on December 20, 2018 that an ROK Navy's Gwanggaeto-daewang class destroyer directed a fire-control radar at a fixed-wing patrol aircraft (P-1) belonging to the Fleet Air Wing 4 of the Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) (Atsugi) is a hazardous act that may cause unintended consequences, and it is extremely regrettable that such incident occurred.

The ROK Ministry of National Defense has released video footage regarding this incident, but there are different claims from our position.

The MOD intends to continue to hold necessary consultations between the defense authorities of Japan and ROK.