U.S. sells $ 133 million anti-ballistic missiles to Japan

U.S. sells $ 133 million anti-ballistic missiles to Japan

U.S. sells $ 133 million anti-ballistic missiles to Japan

Moreover, this new system can be also used at two US land-based Aegis Ashore missile defence systems, which are expected to be deployed to Japan by 2023.

Aegis vessels equipped with SM-3 interceptors form the main pillar of Japan's missile defense system.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a major ally" by providing it "with an increased ballistic missile defense capability to assist in defending the Japanese homeland and USA personnel stationed there", it said in a statement.

Onodera said he did not discuss in detail with Greaves expenses for introducing the Aegis Ashore, but felt US "efforts to reduce the costs".

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He was there to inspect the Aegis Ashore anti-missile system Japan will introduce.

Japan announced its decision to expand its ballistic missile defenses in December using US systems, including the ground-based Aegis radar and interceptor missiles. "Japan is no longer needed to exist near us". Consequently, the government intends to carefully gauge the US side's intentions on this issue.

Under the new system, even if Aegis vessels in the Sea of Japan were to use up all their missiles, it is expected that Aegis vessels stationed in the Pacific Ocean or other distant waters could shoot down a target.

The most provocative moment came November 29, when North Korea said it successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, topped with a "super-large heavy warhead" which it said was capable of striking the U.S. mainland. The Aegis system is not created to intercept such missiles.

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Japan will have a fleet of eight Aegis destroyers in 2020, following the construction of new ships and upgrades to others.

Onodera's comment suggests that Japan should expand the Aegis Ashore to be prepared for possible cruise missile attacks.

Moscow criticized Japan's plans to expand its missile shield with Aegis systems, saying it could undermine bilateral relations "including negotiations on a peace treaty" that has not been concluded between Russian Federation and Japan since WWII.

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