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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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Missiles for Japan
By twnorows on 1/15/2008 12:09:06 PM , Rating: 4
In the 'big picture' scheme, nobody seems to be concerned about taking Chin-a to task for all their counterfeiting activities.

Further, to have a totalitarian regime (i.e., chin-a) cop a whine "we can't eliminate all the copying" just doesn't fly. This is the same government that suppresses freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of religion - but can't supress counterfeiting? Ha-roo?

If I were the President of a company victimized by counterfeits from Chin-a, here's what I would do: I'd hire the absolute best counterfeit plate maker to make several common denominations of current chin-eeze currency. Then I'd print about 20 TRILLION DOLLARS worth of their currency and hire a plane to scatter it across their totalitarian-infested country.

It would be interesting to see how the chin-eeze government likes being on the receiving end of counterfeiting - especially if it has the potential to topple their government financially. I have learned that there's no U.S. law that prohibits counterfeiting currency of totalitarian regimes (i.e., for "educational purposes"). Of course our government would probably issue a canned response that would "sternly object to this type of behavior from its citizens."

Gee, for about twenty thousand dollars, these CEOs could get even (instead of getting mad) and have the added bonus of perhaps financially toppling an evil empire.

To the CEOs of companies victimized by chin-eeze counterfeiting: So what are you waiting for??? Get even!!!




RE: Missiles for Japan
By Urkis on 1/15/2008 3:02:57 PM , Rating: 2
For each dollar lost due to this problem, most companies probably save twice that amount by doing business with China (selling and manufacturing there, etc). This may be why CEOs are not flocking to those plate makers you mentioned! :D


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