Skip to comments.4 more U.S. Aegis ships in Japan to have SM-3 interceptors
Posted on 11/27/2006 12:36:13 AM PST by TigerLikesRooster
4 more U.S. Aegis ships in Japan to have SM-3 interceptors
TOKYO, Nov. 27 KYODO
The United States plans to install the new Standard Missile-3 interceptor system on four of its Aegis-equipped warships deployed in Japan in an effort to boost the capability of joint antiballistic missile defenses following North Korea's missile and nuclear tests, Japanese government sources told Kyodo News on Sunday.
The plan would bring the total number of U.S. Aegis ships equipped with the SM-3 system in Japan to five after the U.S. military deployed the cruiser Shiloh, which is equipped with the system, at the Navy's Yokosuka base in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, in August.
The U.S. military plans to remodel four of the eight Aegis ships currently without SM-3 at Yokosuka, following North Korea's missile test-launches in July and nuclear test in October, they said.
The U.S. first plans to renovate two of the four Aegis ships, deploying them next spring at the earliest, followed by the other two, they said.
The United States has already notified Japan of the plan, the sources said.
Also, as part of efforts to enhance the missile defense system, the Japanese Defense Agency has asked the United States to deploy land-to-air missiles of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor system at the Yokosuka base and the U.S. Air Force's Yokota base in western Tokyo.
Japan and the United States envisage a two-stage interception method to deal with a possible missile attack. First, Aegis vessels from both countries would try to intercept an incoming missile in space by launching SM-3 missiles. If unsuccessful, the countries would employ PAC-3 missiles, the sources said.
The United States plans to begin operating part of the PAC-3 system in Okinawa Prefecture by the end of this year, the sources said. PAC-3 missiles and launch pads have already been moved to the U.S. military's Kadena Air Base and the adjacent Kadena Ammunition Storage Area, both in Okinawa.
Meanwhile, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force now plans to install the SM-3 system on its Aegis-equipped destroyer Kongou by the end of 2007, instead of by the end of fiscal 2007 in March 31, 2008, as had been planned earlier.
Japan also plans to finish remodeling its three other Aegis ships so they can carry the SM-3 system by the end of fiscal 2010, the sources said.
Good; they'd do well by getting come offensive rocketry as well, With the warheads, of course.
Doesn't seem like deploying land based interceptors in Okinawa would cover the Japanese mainland very well. Especially from missiles fired in a short hop from North Korea.
However, Okinawa is a bit closer to Taiwan. Hmmmm.
Just wanted to remind everyone that if John Kerry had gotten his way in 1984, the entire AEGIS program would have been scrapped. It was part of his Senatorial campaign to eliminate "unnecessary" defense spending.
Good gravy, am I glad that man isn't currently occupying the Oval Office.
"Good gravy, am I glad that man isn't currently occupying the Oval Office."
According to the latest MSM opinion, he never will.
By his own hand. That's the best part. No one didit to him.
I think its an amazing demonstration of restraint by the Japanese...
They have pretty much the cutting edge of technology and wherewithall to develop any system they so desire...
And even though my grandfathers fought against them in WWII, I believe this is a testament to how well things have gone since then between two countries that fought a very bitter war and have developed a strong defence alliance...
Japan would probably have to hold back some from totally smacking the He(double hockey sticks) out of NK if push comes to shove...And we'd be the ones sitting back in support of that little party...
I also think NK is going to be pretty much quiet over the winter months...Sure a whole mess of the population is going to die due to a lack of just about everything...And unless they want to really lose a lot...Just start lobbing rockets and some sort of desparate offensive against the south...
Kimmyboy may be doing his impression of Mussolini at the end of that debacle...
Unless he (Kimmy) rolls the dice, I think NK will be quiet till the spring...
But thats just my opinion...
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