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Japan Aegis ship to have SM-6 cruise missile interceptor

  • September 2, 2018
  • , Jiji Press , 5:43 p.m.
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Japan’s Defense Ministry plans to equip the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s new Aegis destroyer Maya with the Standard Missile-6, or SM-6, anti-air missile system to shoot down cruise missiles, according to informed sources.

The ministry included 13.2 billion yen in its budget request for fiscal 2019 for the acquisition of SM-6 interceptors.

The Maya, which has state-of-the-art ballistic missile defense capability, is slated to be commissioned in 2020.

The ministry is promoting an Integrated Air and Missile Defense initiative that will intercept missiles through the integrated use of Aegis vessels, early-warning aircraft, radars and other equipment, mainly in view of the threats of cruise missiles owned by China and under development by North Korea. The SM-6 system will be part of the IAMD initiative.

In the budget request, the ministry called for 11.1 billion yen for the acquisition of SM-6 interceptor missiles and 2.1 billion yen in the cost of a launch test.

 

The Maya plans to carry out an interception test in the United States as early as 2022, the sources said. An SM-6 system will also be installed on another Maya-type ship under construction.

 

The Maya will also be mounted with a ballistic missile defense system being jointly developed by Japan and the United States.

 

Furthermore, it will be equipped with the U.S.-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability system, which enables the sharing of information on enemy missile locations among multiple Aegis ships and early-warning aircraft.

 

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