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Japan contemplates difficult alternatives to Aegis Ashore

15th September 2020 - 23:15 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo


The Japanese MoD is considering alternatives to Aegis Ashore, with three potential ballistic missile defence (BMD) plans encompassing an isolated installed launcher, mega-floating platform or an increase in Aegis destroyers.

The first plan would see a missile launcher installed at sea or on a coast to solve the problem of falling boosters. However, data communication between the launcher and radar device could be interrupted by jamming.

The second proposal features a mega-floating platform at sea, though it would be vulnerable to typhoons and tsunamis. It would also be at risk of aerial attack or special forces assault. A floating

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Koji Miyake


Koji Miyake

Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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