Japan’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) is considering adding a cruise missile interception capability to the two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems the country plans to install to counter the growing threat posed by North Korea's ballistic missiles.
During a 12 January press conference Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera spoke of the “important responsibility of the government to protect the Japanese people's lives and properties against not only ballistic missiles but also various threats, including cruise missiles…amid the increasingly severe security environment surrounding Japan”.
From that viewpoint, he stated, the MoD in Tokyo is now conducting a study on how the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) should conduct air defence and missile defence under its joint operation.
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