Japan’s defense ministry has requested additional 730 million yen (US $6.4 million) in the next fiscal year’s budget plan to introduce two land-based Aegis missile defense systems.
"There is a need to strengthen our capability to regularly and sustainably defend all of the country as soon as possible at a time when North Korea is building up its ballistic missile capability," Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was quoted as saying to reporters in Sendai by Japan Today on Sunday.
The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to endorse the so-called Aegis Ashore deployment on Dec 19, as the country aims to bolster its defense capability against North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threat, the news portal quoted an unnamed government source as saying.
Onodera said the requested funding for fiscal 2018 starting next April will be used for surveying geological features, designing the deployment plan and other expenses.
The ministry is also seeking to include related expenses in the supplementary budget for the current year ending next March, the minister said.
In the ministry's initial budgetary request for fiscal 2018 made in August, which came to a record-high 5.26 trillion yen ($49 billion), the ministry said it is seeking funds to introduce a new missile shield system, while leaving open the actual sum.
The Japanese government is set to begin research on anti-ship missiles with ground-attack capabilities from fiscal 2018 and complete a test model by fiscal 2022. In the meantime, the government plans to introduce the Lockheed Martins AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) system and the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) produced by Norways Kongsberg,
The Japanese Police has accused a Chinese exchange student of illegally exporting an infrared night-vision camera to a firm in Hong Kong which he purchased from an on-line auction site. The Tokyo-based exchange student, 22, purchased the US-made FLIR Star Safire III camera on an internet auction site
Japan and UK are likely to team up to build an improvised version of MBDA Meteor air-to-air missile. The weapon will incorporate radar system developed by Japans Mitsubishi Electri into European MBDAs Meteor missile
The USAF and Japans Air Self-defense Force held drills with two nuclear-capable B-52 bombers near North Korea in August. “Two US Air Force B-52 Stratofortress assigned to 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, flew from Barksdale to conduct training with two Koku-Jieitai (Air Self-Defense Force) F-15 fighter jets over the Sea of Japan, Aug
USS Benfold, a guided missile destroyer sustained ‘minimal damage when a Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the US Navy ship in Sagami Bay, southwest of Tokyo Saturday. The incident occurred during a towing exercise when the drifting tug boat scraped past the US Navy vessel, the Navy said in a statement adding that the incident would be investigated
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Australia of equipment associated with the integration of the CEAFAR 2 Phased Array Radar System with the AEGIS Combat System for an estimated cost of $185 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Wednesday
Boeing has been awarded a $288 million contract for one KC-46A aircraft for Japan. The face value is not-to-exceed $19
The Japanese government on Friday approved a record-high defense budget of 5.19 trillion yen ($46 billion) for fiscal 2018 to boost its missile defenses against the growing threat from North Korea, breaking the record for the sixth consecutive year
The Japanese government has approved to deploy two land-based Aegis Ashore missile defense system at a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday. The government plans to deploy two Aegis Ashore systems to cover Japan's entire territory, possibly to become operable by fiscal 2023
Lockheed Martin is being awarded a nearly $136 million contract for new construction DDG AEGIS weapon system J7 baseline development and integration in support of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan and work will be performed at various locations in the United States and Japan and is expected to be completed by December 2018, a US DoD release said
Japans Ministry of Defense has disclosed that the cost for two batteries of the Aegis Ashore missile interception system it intends to procure from the United States is over 200 billion yen (US$ 1.7 Billion) which will be added to the national budget from fiscal 2019 onwards
US Uses New Electronic Warfare Weapon To Destroy Iranian Drone: Report
Lockheed Wins $1.5 Billion For Riyadh’s THAAD Defense Systems
Russia Commences Work on Supersonic Passenger Aircraft
Sweden, UK Sign MoU To Develop Future Combat Aircraft
China Displays ‘Upgraded’ FC-31 Stealth Jet Model at Paris Airshow 2019
Design of Russian-made 'World's Fastest Helicopter' Ready
India To Give The Final Go-ahead To $1.7 Billion C-295 Transport Aircraft
China offers Two-seat Fighter Trainer FC-1B for International Sales
US companies sanctioned by China for supplying weapons to Taiwan may be denied rare earth elements (REEs), which have critical...
While the US F-35 stealth aircraft has become one the fastest selling fighter jets in the world aircraft market, thanks...
Russian state-run Almaz-Antey has released additional data on its latest export-version of Buk-M3 Viking air defense missile system (ADMS)
The MiG-29, one of Russias most exported military jet has been upgraded in India that expands its capabilities from an...
Russian fifth generation fighter aircraft (FGFA) Su-57 will for the first time perform flights during the ARMY 2018 event near...
The American-made Patriot and Russian S-400 Triumf air defense systems are currently hogging international orders despite their price tags running...