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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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RE: Good.
By mdogs444 on 1/15/2008 11:04:26 AM , Rating: 2
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We desperately need to get the Japanese military up to speed

Uh no. Japan cannot have an organized "military", they can only have organized Defense in case they are attacked.
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but it's really biting us in the ass now.

No is not. Have they attacked since?
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and they're near a couple of communist nations that aren't as friendly as they could be

What communist nations ARE friendly? lol
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If we didn't have to be buddy-buddy with the Pakistanis to catch Bin Laden

I hope you know that it's not JUST to catch Bin Laden. In fact, he is probably the least of our concerns with regards to maintaining out ally status with Pakistan. Its because Pakistan is in the middle of the arab countries, and they have nuclear warheads. Its all about keeping those warheads into the hands of a leader that we "trust".


RE: Good.
By erwos on 1/15/2008 11:49:15 AM , Rating: 2
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Uh no. Japan cannot have an organized "military", they can only have organized Defense in case they are attacked.

Military doesn't necessarily connote offensive tendencies. But defending yourself and doing offensives are basically the same thing. Purely defensive systems are not a viable strategy for a modern military.

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No is not. Have they attacked since?

Are you more worried about the Japanese than the Chinese or North Koreans? If you are, you may need to re-assess your world view. They're our friends now, like the Germans and Italians. Only difference is that the Germans don't have to worry about Russian invasion (for now, I guess).

I'm not particularly happy about what the Axis did during WWII, but let's face it: you don't deal with today's problems by focusing on yesterday's.

Seriously, if the Chinese start a war in the region, do you want a well-armed Japan on your side or a badly-armed one? That's essentially the choice here.


RE: Good.
By Min Jia on 1/15/2008 8:29:50 PM , Rating: 2
Don't frigging compare Germany to Japan. Germany paid several billion D-Marks in reparations, but Japan paid absolutely nothing, not apologized even... refuses to acknowledge its war guilt and atrocities, changes history textbooks to cover up evidence of the war crimes they commit. LAMO, Japan what a sick country.


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