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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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Missles to shoot down missles?
By HighWing on 1/15/2008 1:19:22 PM , Rating: 1
Ok am I the only one that sees a problem with this? Seriously it occurs to me that if I know my enemy is going to attempt to shoot down my missile with another missile, then wouldn't I just research how to make my missiles faster then the one that would be chasing it? Granted I know in most cases the intercepting missile is being fired ahead of the oncoming missile, but if the oncoming one IS faster, it would only take a easy bit of logic to have the oncoming missile adjust it's course slightly shortly before it's intercepted. And with it being faster, that would give the intercepting missile less time to readjust.

Plus if the oncoming missile IS faster, then your goal would only be to get it past the BMD line and your home free. That part I'm sure could easily be accomplished just by finding holes in the defense line where the sheer speed of the missile would enable it to zip pass the defense system.

Hell at the least I'm sure it would be possible to equip a missile with some sort of booster system where either by remote or it's on board systems could be triggered to fire shortly before interception to give the oncoming missile a boost of speed in another direction to avoid interception. This kind of tech might not exist now, but I'm sure it is possible if it doesn't already exist.




By saiga6360 on 1/15/2008 2:28:28 PM , Rating: 2
Escalation is a wonderful thing. We not only get to create more wonderful toys that can vaporize cities in one go, we can also make them smarter, faster and stealthier.

The best defense is still a good offense so I imagine whatever they can dish out, our military already has it.


RE: Missles to shoot down missles?
By ChronoReverse on 1/15/2008 2:28:48 PM , Rating: 2
It's pretty hard to get any faster than an ICBM. The speeds these things move at is beyond merely "hypersonic"


RE: Missles to shoot down missles?
By HighWing on 1/15/2008 5:12:20 PM , Rating: 1
yeah I think I read somewhere a few years ago that it's possible to send an ICBM from here to Russia in about 12 min. I could be mistaken, but thats what I seem to remember.

but even speed not being an issue, something just feels wrong about the idea of using missiles to shoot down missiles. It just seems like there are too many variables that could cause a miss, and it's not like the missile could turn around afterwards and try again. And then thats another missile going down that you hope is not over any populated areas to cause more damage. Yeah I know it's probably designed to not explode or anything, but that doesn't matter if it falls through someone's roof or hits the base of a multistory building. Plus the cost per missile, vs re usability of say lasers or auto machine gun turrets has gotta be much higher.

I guess it's just my own opinion, but it feels like this is destined to fail when it's needed most.


By diego10arg on 1/15/2008 7:13:12 PM , Rating: 2
If you want to launch a Nuke you may need some sort of missile with certain speed limit and size. In the other hand, if you want just to blow it up, maybe with a 10x smaller missile you could accomplish that.

If the "defensive" missile is smaller than the Nuke or whatever they launch, then you probably have more speed in your favor to do so.

I don't know if this is 100% accurate, but seems pretty logical though.


RE: Missles to shoot down missles?
By Min Jia on 1/15/2008 8:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
New arms race, sure.


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