By TONY SAVOYAPosted Apr 24, 2018 10:10:20The trains used by Japan’s government and private rail companies for the country’s trains have been designed with stealth and stealth-like qualities in mind, according to the head of Japan’s national security agency.
Ryohei Yoshida, head of the Shinsei Intelligence Agency, said the trains are capable of reaching speeds of more than 100 kilometres per hour.
Japan’s trains use a hybrid of stealth and agility.
It has been said that the trains have the ability to hide their tracks, but that technology has not been developed to allow for the stealthiness.
“The stealth is the ability for a train to remain hidden, while also having the ability of being able to pass through a closed space,” Mr Yoshida told reporters on Friday.
“This is the only way we can use these trains.
They are not just stealthy trains.”
Mr Yoshida said the secret to the trains’ ability to evade detection is the train’s “passive surveillance”, where the train is hidden behind another train in a “zero-defence” zone.
“In some ways, the cars are able to detect that the train has passed through, but the trains do not have a means of being detected by the car,” Mr Yoshiida said.
“When the cars detect the train, it can detect the car in the area and the train can pass through.”
A car has been seen passing through a “passable” zone during tests on a stealth train in February.Reuters