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U.S., Japan mull joint development of next-generation anti-missile radar

  • July 6, 2018
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Nikkei front-paged a report claiming that the governments of the United States and Japan are looking to jointly develop next-generation radar technology for Aegis ships, which play a key role in defense against ballistic missiles. According to the daily, the new technology will have double the detection range of the existing system by using semiconductor technology developed by Japanese firms. The paper speculated that the two nations will strengthen their missile defense system with North Korea and China in mind and that cooperation in developing the core interceptor system will bring the U.S.-Japan alliance to a new stage. The paper also wrote that this would mark the first major military technology collaboration between the United States and Japan since 2014, when Japan relaxed rules that essentially banned exports of weapons and related technologies and established new ones on equipment transfers that facilitate teaming up.

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