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JS Myoko Refuels at Sea Next to the USS Ronald Reagan  (Source: Defenselink.mil)
Third Japanese destroyer outfitted with Aegis missile defense system

The missile defense shield is a defense screen that the United States and its allies have been working on for a long time now. Only recently have sections of the missile defense shield began to come online.

Lockheed Martin recently announced that it received $40.4 million USD to provide Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense upgrades the Japanese destroyer JS Myoko. The JS Myoko is the third of four Japanese destroyers scheduled to receive upgrades to their Aegis shipboard radars.

Other Japanese destroyers that will use the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) radar include the JS Kongo, the JS Chokai and a fourth ship that is unnamed at this time. DailyTech reported earlier this month that the JS Kongo had a successful test of its BMD system in a joint exercise with U.S. forces.

The JS Chokai is currently having the Aegis BMD system installed in Nagasaki, Japan. The Aegis BMD system is the primary component in the sea-based portion of the U.S. missile defense shield. According to Lockheed Martin, the Aegis BMD system was able to defeat twelve ballistic missiles in fourteen attempts.

Three components make up the Aegis BMD system: the SPY-1 radar, MK 41 vertical launching system, and the SM-3 missile along with the Aegis command and control system. The shipboard system also provides information and takes cues for other elements of the ballistic missile defense shield.



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and that's why....
By inperfectdarkness on 1/15/2008 10:03:23 AM , Rating: 2
that's why we have a layered missile defense.

and that's why we outfit our allies...because they're a "buffer" of sorts to provide additional defense that we don't have to actually pay for ourselves. (oh wait...maybe we do anyways)




RE: and that's why....
By sdifox on 1/15/2008 10:28:50 AM , Rating: 3
That's what Canada is for. Back in the Cold War days, the plan was to splash ICBMs over Canada.


RE: and that's why....
By elessar1 on 1/15/2008 10:35:48 AM , Rating: 2
Actually...Japan need's them to protect themselves against they two friendly neigbhors: China and North Korea...

Other than that...theres is not much that an SM3 could do if fired from japan against a missile launched from North Korea or Russia agiants de UUSS...because of geographics...they just don't get there fast enough...or they just don't get there at all (to long of a distance to go from japan to the missiles routes)...


RE: and that's why....
By mdogs444 on 1/15/2008 11:07:33 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Japan need's them to protect themselves against they two friendly neigbhors: China and North Korea...

Thats funny. China & N. Korea in the same sentence as "freindly neighbors". The point is, that Japan, nor the US, trust either China or N. Korea. China is manufacturing new warplanes for Iran, and N. Korea is selling its ICBM technology to other countries. The other country you left out is the tip of the three headed monster: Russia. Russia, who is helping Iran build its nuclear facilities.


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