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Japan to develop electromagnetic wave device for neutralizing missiles

  • November 17, 2019
  • , Sankei
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Sunday’s Sankei led with a Defense Ministry plan to officially develop new equipment using “high-power microwaves” to neutralize enemy missiles and aircraft since promising results were achieved in preliminary research that began in FY2014. The ministry is hoping to earmark funds in the FY2021 budget at the earliest to develop the device, which will be mounted on ground- and sea-based launchers. The device will reportedly be able to intercept drones and multiple missiles simultaneously and may also be installed on the new ASDF fighter jet model that will succeed the F-2.

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