BMD

Japan considering SM-3 export

Japan is considering allowing United States to sell the SM-3 anti-ballistic missile abroad. Japan, along with the United States, funded development of the SM-3. Apparently, doing makes it a Japanese weapons system, and thus it falls under Japanese arms export laws. Japanese arms export laws, in short, say that Japan can export arms to practically...

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For Japan’s consideration: air to air missile defense

This article at ARES describes Raytheon making  the case for using “legacy fighters”in the BMD role. The concept, Network-Centric Airborne Defense Element (NCADE), would require a fighter capable of carrying the AIM-120 AMRAAM medium range air to air missile coupled with modern radars. The fighter-radar-missile combination “would make a lot of sense for Asian countries” that fly...

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Lasers

Danger Room The Wall Street Journal‘s Nathan Hodge wrote last week about the U.S. Navy and shipboard lasers. The U.S. Navy is working on lasers to replace the 20mm M61 gatling gun on shipboard Close-In Weapons Systems. A Navy test system successfully tracked and destroyed a drone target off the coast of California. Japan has...

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Can just two Aegis ships defend all of Japan? [UPDATED]

This was originally going to be an aside in the previous article, but it really deserves a post of its own. The Kyodo article cited previously stated: As the new model will be able to counter decoys or multiple warheads, one Aegis-equipped vessel with the interceptor is expected to be sufficient to defend Japan, instead...

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Japanese ABMs will be unable to shoot down U.S.-bound missiles

According to this article from Kyodo, the range of the SM-3 Block 2A missile  is insufficient to shoot down a, say, North Korean missile streaking towards the United States. With an estimated range of 200 to 300 kilometers, the current SM-3 is known to be unable to intercept long-range ballistic missiles. Some military analysts had...

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Japan still to field SM-3 Block IIA

Japan still to field SM-3 Block IIA

Japan is still pressing ahead with plans to procure the SM-3 Standard Block IIA missile system. Apparently Japan has sunk $1 billion dollars into the program so far, which is a fair chunk of change. The missiles are to arm Japan’s Kongo-class destroyers. Two or three destroyers can reportedly protect all of Japan, which makes...

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