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New Aegis Ashore platform to be capable of intercepting cruise missiles

  • October 18, 2017
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri led with the disclosure by several GOJ sources that the Abe administration is considering equipping the Aegis Ashore system to be introduced in FY2023 with SM-6 interceptors that can intercept cruise missiles possibly launched by China. If the two Aegis Ashore platforms are equipped with these interceptors that are currently being developed by the U.S. in addition to SM-3 interceptors against ballistic missiles, the SM-6 ground-to-air missiles would be able to defend key regions such as the Tokyo metropolitan area. The anti-air missiles currently being used by the SDF are able to shoot down cruise missiles only after they are close to their targets. The Defense Ministry has already asked for $20 million in the FY2018 budget for equipping existing MSDF Aegis warships with SM-6 missiles.  

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