Posts tagged "BMD"
Hardware Monday: J/FPS-5 Fixed 3D Radar

Hardware Monday: J/FPS-5 Fixed 3D Radar

The FPS-5 is Japan’s most advanced fixed radar installation in its ballistic missile defense system. Its distinctive tortoise shell-like dome covers have earned it the nickname ‘Gamera radar’ after Godzilla’s turtle-derived rival. Mitsubishi Electric produce the 34-metres high structures containing three antennae of between 12- and 18-metre diameter. The FPS-5 prototype was constructed at the...

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Led by BMD Projects, Japan Stepping into the World of Arms Exports

Led by BMD Projects, Japan Stepping into the World of Arms Exports

Japan’s arms export ban effectively means that Japan and Japan’s industry cannot export weapons abroad. The law explicitly bans the sale of Japanese weapons, from rifles to warships to foreign governments. It also bans the transfer of weapons technology. While the law was liberalized several years ago to allow for cooperation with the United States...

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Japan BMD defenses to be strengthened on ground, sea

Japan BMD defenses to be strengthened on ground, sea

Japan is increasing its BMD defenses, doubling the number of air defense units equipped with Patriot PAC-3 from 3 to 6. The PAC-3 missile system, designed to shoot down an incoming missile from the ground moments before reaching its target, will be deployed by all six Air Self-Defense Force air-defense missile groups from three at...

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Quick history of Japan’s at-sea BMD program

At Defense Industry Daily. Pretty good rundown, check it out.

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She shoots, she scores!

Kirishima did it, successfully shooting down an Orbital Sciences Medium Range Target launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Here’s the Missile Defense Agency press release: Joint Japan-U.S. Missile Defense Flight Test Successful The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) and the United States Missile Defense Agency (MDA) announced the successful...

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MSDF to participate in BMD test next month

MSDF to participate in BMD test next month

The guided missile destroyer JDS Kirishima is to visit Hawaii next month to participate in a Ballistic Missile Defense test. Kirishima was recently upgraded at Nagasaki with the capability to shoot down ballistic missiles. Kirishima was the fourth and last ship of the Kongo-class destroyers to be upgraded, and with her Japan now has four destroyers...

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Multinational BMD conference held in Kyoto

If you’re in Kyoto and have $1,400 USD to spare, you might want to check out the Year 2010 Multinational BMD Conference and Exhibition, at the Kyoto International Conference Center. Organized by the American Institute for Aeronautics, the 2010 conference describes itself thusly: OVERVIEW Delegates attending this year’s conference will have the opportunity to hear views from...

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The Japanese SAM Network

Blog IMINT & Analysis (one of the first blogs to link to JSW, thanks!) has finally  uploaded its long-awaited post on the Japanese air defense network. Check it out here. Notice how heavily defended Miyakojima Island is–both HAWK/Chu-SAM and Patriot batteries based there. I wasn’t aware there were any air defenses in the Ryukyus at...

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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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