Skip to comments.Patriots set up in Osaka park for drill (Japan)
Posted on 10/10/2013 11:25:21 PM PDT by TexGrill
OSAKA The Defense Ministry carried out a ballistic missile interceptor drill Wednesday night at Expo Park in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, the third such exercise in a public space and the first in western Japan.
The drill, which was open to the press, involved the Air Self-Defense Forces Patriot Advanced Capability-3 system, which is designed to shoot down missiles that elude interceptors launched at sea from Maritime Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyers.
Similar exercises were conducted in two Tokyo parks.
About 50 Self-Defense Forces personnel and 20 vehicles from the ASDFs Hakusan post in Tsu, Mie Prefecture, were mobilized for the Osaka drill.
They carried launchers into a parking lot adjacent to the Tower of the Sun monument and checked the system as well as communications links with radars and fire-control equipment.
PAC-3 interceptor units are deployed in 13 locations around the nation, including Aibano in Shiga Prefecture and Naha in Okinawa Prefecture. The PAC-3 batteries in Okinawa were deployed permanently in April.
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