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Japan likely to build new Aegis warship as seaborne missile defense platform

  • October 30, 2020
  • , Asahi
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Asahi reported on the disclosure by several GOJ sources that the GOJ is inclined to build a new multipurpose destroyer that will be equipped with radar and interceptors developed for the canceled Aegis Ashore batteries. The specifications of the new vessel will be decided when the GOJ draws up a draft budget for FY2022 next summer. “The new ship will be a cross between a bona fide Aegis destroyer and an Aegis vessel solely focused on carrying Aegis Ashore radar and interceptors,” a GOJ source said, adding that the final specifications will be decided while taking into account costs and self-defense capabilities. Some GOJ and ruling LDP officials are calling for the procurement of a bona fide Aegis destroyer.

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