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US OKs selling Japan missiles to shoot down North Korean missiles

US OKs selling Japan missiles to shoot down North Korean missiles

Additionally, the missile sale and the required integration work associated with the deployment will improve the JMSDF's interoperability with US missile defense systems, allowing the JMSDF to integrate with the US Navy in defense of US installations in the Western Pacific-including Guam, which is in range of North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missiles.

Within one month after Trump's Tokyo sojourn, Japan formally chose to expand its ballistic missile system using US-made ground-based Aegis radar stations and interceptors in December.

The new information exchange system, developed by the USA, will allow using radar data from a destroyer equipped with Aegis system in order to intercept missiles by another destroyer, Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun said.

Among countries close to Japan, China is known to be putting muscle into the development of cruise missiles that can travel faster and have a range longer than conventional ones. Consequently, the government intends to carefully gauge the USA side's intentions on this issue.

Sea-based Aegis systems are capable of intercepting ballistic missile at altitudes of over 310 miles.

Some defense experts say the SM-6, the next-generation interceptor missile, can shoot down a cruise missile if it is deployed to the Aegis Ashore.

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The woman exited the home and officers confirmed the initial report of a shooting and hostage situation was false, police said. Barriss is also accused of making a hoax emergency call that led to the fatal police shooting of a Kansas man .

The most provocative moment came November 29, when North Korea said it successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, topped with a "super-large heavy warhead" which it said was capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

Japan will have a fleet of eight Aegis destroyers in 2020, following the construction of new ships and upgrades to others.

The missiles, made by Raytheon Co and BAE Systems, can be launched from destroyers at sea or from a land-based system.

Reuters reported in December that the cost of building two Aegis Ashore batteries without the missiles would be at least $2 billion and it was not likely to be operational until 2023 at the earliest.

The Japanese government is looking to strengthen its missile defense system amid the growing North Korean threat.


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