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DM Kono says “various options on the table” as alternatives to Aegis Ashore

  • July 7, 2020
  • , NHK
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NHK reported that Defense Minister Kono said at a press conference today that various options are being examined as alternatives to the recently canceled plan to deploy Aegis Ashore platforms in Yamaguchi and Akita. When asked by a reporter whether the GOJ is considering increasing the number of Aegis-equipped ships or using the highly efficient radars originally planned to be used for the Aegis Ashore system for other purposes, Kono reportedly said: “There are various options on the table…There are some media reports saying that we will add two more Aegis-equipped ships. Those are among the options we are considering. Nothing has been decided.”

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