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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: 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.


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