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With news that Japan was increasing its spending on drone surveillance, American defense manufacturers have apparently sensed blood in the water and swooped in on the island nation hoping to cash in.

Stripes reports that Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin held a joint press conference late last week in Tokyo, where they spoke about both the RQ-4 Global Hawk UAV and the E-2D Hawkeye (shown above), a turboprop plane that delivers airborne early warning services.

Japan, as you'll recall, has already committed to a major investment that will see it acquire three Global Hawks, following concerns that both North Korea and China could cause trouble in the region.

Both Lockheed and Northrop have been prompted by recent actions in Japan that will now allow the country to defend its allies, marking a major change to the country's constitution, which was enacted following its defeat in World War II.