Thursday, 20 September, 2018

U.S. to sell missiles worth over Dollar 133 million to Japan

01_10_Japan_Missile State Department Approves Possible $133.3 Million Missile Deal With Japan
Laurie Berry | 12 January, 2018, 22:24

The department said the sale would support the USA defense industry and underscore Trump's commitment to improve the defense of allies threatened by North Korea.

Sea-based Aegis systems are capable of intercepting ballistic missile at altitudes of over 310 miles. That system would be based on the land-based missile defense facilities the US Navy has deployed in Romania and is preparing to activate in Poland.

The Trump administration announcement coincides with much anticipated high-level talks between Seoul and Pyongyang that were held in the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) on Tuesday.

According to Yomiuri Shimbun who quoted government sources as saying that the new intercept system will improve the ability of the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Aegis vessels to protect the nation if North Korea launches a wave of ballistic missiles.

Among countries close to Japan, China is known to be putting muscle into the development of cruise missiles that can travel faster and have a range longer than conventional ones.

Japan has been planning to strengthen its defense system, with last month the government approving the purchase and deployment of two Aegis Ashore batteries that cost an estimated $2 billion, including infrastructure, with each unit of the system accounting for at least $888 million.

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North Korea continued its nuclear advances despite condemnation from the global community.

The installation of the systems will constitute a violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Moscow and the United States, she argued, noting that the US-made ballistic defense systems are equipped with universal launchers that could carry all types of missiles.

Onodera observed the computer system which sends commands to interceptor missiles.

Japan's defense minister has indicated the government eventually plans to expand the capabilities of a new ground-based ballistic missile defense system to counter low-flying cruise missiles.

A Pentagon statement on the most recent call between Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Japan Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera on January 9 says the two men "condemned North Korea's reckless and unlawful behavior".

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