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Defense Ministry to hold off on seeking funding for Aegis Ashore alternative 

  • August 19, 2021
  • , Asahi
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Asahi front-paged the revelation by a GOJ source that the Defense Ministry has decided not to seek funding in the next fiscal year for its plan to build destroyers equipped with the Aegis Ashore missile interceptor system on account of the need to conduct additional research on cost and operation. There is a growing consensus within the ministry that seeking budget allocation will be difficult even in FY2023, with some projecting it will not happen until FY2025 at the earliest. As it will take at least five years to construct a destroyer even if the project is financed, the daily forecast that the Aegis Ashore replacement will not be rolled out at least until the early 2030s, almost 10 years later than the ministry’s original plan. The paper added that the prolonged absence of an alternative Aegis Ashore platform will continue to put strain on the operations of the existing fleet of MSDF Aegis warships.     

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