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GOJ likely to use warship as substitute for Aegis Ashore batteries

  • September 4, 2020
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Nikkei claimed that the GOJ is inclined to select an Aegis destroyer as an alternative to the canceled Aegis Ashore, noting that the Defense Ministry will launch a technical study on how to equip an MSDF warship with Aegis Ashore functions. According to an unnamed senior GOJ official, the SDF will be able to reduce costs and personnel in operating a missile defense platform by removing the functions other than intercepting ballistic missiles from such a destroyer.

In a related story, Asahi wrote that the Defense Ministry provided the ruling coalition of the LDP and the Komeito party with a briefing yesterday on the results of its review of the process leading up to the cancellation of the Aegis Ashore procurement. Defense Minister Kono plans to give a similar briefing to the press today.

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