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JS Myoko Refuels at Sea Next to the USS Ronald Reagan  (Source:
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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RE: Not So Good
By Oscarine on 1/15/2008 10:20:41 AM , Rating: 2

I never read any detailed reports about the tests, but I would guess it is 1 interceptor vs 1 test nuke.

However you can fire quite a bit more than 1 interceptor vs a incoming target in the typical engagement envelope of an incoming ballistic track.

RE: Not So Good
By Master Kenobi on 1/15/2008 10:42:28 AM , Rating: 4
Indeed. They could always fire off 2 or 3 interceptors to cut down on the failure probability. Because all the systems are tied together, this gives us greater coverage of missile launch areas in China, Russia, and N. Korea. Without necessarily having to have U.S. ships on patrol in that area.

The U.S. and it's allies are very interested in the everything is connected model of warfare. Full Spectrum Dominance they call it. Land, Air, Sea, Space all linked together, all on the same page, all able to respond to anything detected by anyone.

RE: Not So Good
By Bagom on 1/15/2008 11:20:04 AM , Rating: 2
One step closer to Skynet...

RE: Not So Good
By Master Kenobi on 1/15/2008 11:34:29 AM , Rating: 4
Ah, give it up. The whole Skynet thing is rather old.

RE: Not So Good
By Flunk on 1/15/2008 12:13:38 PM , Rating: 1
Once again, Skynet is a real military satellite system and the idea of strong AI is ridiculous.

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