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
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
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
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.