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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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By BruceEdwardsNZ on 1/15/2008 6:24:55 PM , Rating: 2
To those nitpicking the success rate, and the uselessness of the system in the face of a full Ballistic Missile launch from Russia or China, it seems clear to me that this system is not designed to prevent a major attack from a nuclear power.

Rather, it seems designed to deflect 'rogue launches' - i.e. missile launches that take place because of terrorist action or a 'Fail Safe' style malfunction.

If this system was designed to be capable of deflecting a large Chinese or Russian attack, this would actually be more dangerous for America as it would prompt a new nuclear arms race.




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