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Japanese MoD asks for USD1.6 billion to boost missile defences

31 August 2017

As part of its budget request for fiscal year 2018 Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) has asked the Ministry of Finance in Tokyo for JPY179 billion (USD1.6 billion) to boost the country’s missile defences in light of growing concerns about North Korean missile capability.

The move includes a funding request for the procurement of air defence equipment likely to centre around the Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) system, which Tokyo is considering . A final decision on the acquisition of the Aegis Ashore is expected by the end of the year, an MoD official told Jane’s during a 30 August press briefing.



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