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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: Not So Good
By mcturkey on 1/15/2008 12:32:11 PM , Rating: 5
Well, the nations that currently possess the ability to launch nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles either have sufficient numbers to totally overwhelm any feasible defensive system, or can't come close to affording enough nuclear material to build more than a dozen or so nuclear devices.

Now of course if a missile does get through, our response would be to change the name of the launching nation to "Radioactive Wasteland #1". But the point isn't so much to actually have to stop the missile, as have the very publicly stated and demonstrated ability to do so. Nations like North Korea or Iran, who have leaders that might not be entirely stable won't bother pursuing ICBM capability precisely because this system makes the costs of doing so entirely too prohibitive, as you would need several dozen or a couple hundred for it to become a credible military deterrent. And that is all nukes really are - a deterrent. Yes, there are non-ballistic methods of distribution, but they are not a military option for deterrence. Sure, North Korea could sell/give terrorists a nuke, which they would then find a way to smuggle into the US and blow up LA, but the ability to do that isn't going to be something that would deter us from military action. On the other hand, if they had 300 ICBMs, we wouldn't even pretend to be thinking about invasion plans.

So, much like the Star Wars program, it's not about 100% success so much as it is about credible deterrence that can prevent nations from investing heavily in their nuclear arsenal.


RE: Not So Good
By Zoomer on 1/15/2008 5:44:32 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think anyone would be crazy or stupid enough to slip a nuke to any terrorist. Their capital would be crawling with US troops so quickly / nuked that it wouldn't make sense.

Unless they are crazy. That would present a problem.


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