Japan has requested budgetary allocation for the land-based version of Aegis ballistic missile defense system in the next fiscal year in the wake of rising missile launch threats by North Korea, local media reported Thursday.
According to the NHK broadcaster, Japan’s Defense Ministry has confirmed its plans to introduce the US-made land-based defense system in order to strengthen the country's defense capabilities.
The ministry also approved its initial plans to increase the number of Aegis-equipped destroyers from four to five by March 2018, saying that all the five vessels would be ready by the end of this year, the report said.
In addition, the ministry has also decided to deploy advanced radar system in order to protect satellites used by Japan and the United States, as well as on development of a radar system that detects stealth fighters, and has included all the related costs in its budgetary allocation request for the next fiscal year, the broadcaster added.
Japan has hinted at raising defense capabiltiy, citing concern of increasing threat from North Korea and China in the country's defense review Tuesday. North Korea was cited as the main concern as Japan's Cabinet approved the 2017 Defence White Paper, two weeks after the North test-fired a second ICBM whose range could include some of the US mainland, including Los Angeles and Chicago
Japans Air Self-Defense Force will deploy a Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air guided missile unit for a joint training exercise with US troops next month at the hub of the two allies' Yokota Air Base. The exercise, which could be held as early as August, is to test the two forces capabilities against increasing military provocations by North Korea in the form of ballistic missile launches, local media reports
Japan's Defense Ministry is planning to seek funding in the fiscal 2018 budget for a land-based Aegis missile defense system to strengthen defensive capabilities against a possible ballistic missile attack by North Korea. Ministry officials have been weighing whether to go with the land-based Aegis Ashore, or the more expensive Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which was developed by the US military,
The SM-3 Block IIA missile interceptor, developed jointly by US and Japan, failed to shoot down ballistic missiles during a test conducted Wednesday. The firing involved the SM-3 Block IIA missile that's built for the Aegis Missile Defense system, which is used to shoot down medium and intermediate-range ballistic missiles from ships at sea
Japan is seeking new powerful radar, known as Spy-6 from the United States to boost the range of its interceptor missiles to add a new layer of defense to help counter North Koreas missile advances. Reuters quotes government sources as saying that Spy-6 radar is capable of detecting threats faster at better range than their existing technologies
Japanese Defense Ministry plans to seek a budget of 5.26 trillion yen ($48
Japan has launched third of its new quasi-zenith satellites on Saturday to improve the global positioning system (GPS) navigation services. The launched third of its new quasi-zenith satellites is one of a constellation being put into orbit to improve the accuracy of available global positioning data,
Japanese Defense Ministry has requested 19.6 billion yen ($178 million) budget funding in 2018 for developing a next generation new radar system that has increased capacity to identify Russia and China designed advanced stealth fighter jets
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