The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) plans to provide its two upcoming Aegis-equipped destroyers with an enhanced capability to exchange data with similarly equipped platforms to better counter the threat posed by North Korean ballistic missiles, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo has told Jane’s .
The vessels will be equipped with the US-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) system, which will enable the destroyers to act as part of a wider ‘grid’ of sensor and weapon platforms that allows other CEC-equipped ships to share surveillance and targeting information.
“It is about defence against airborne threats,” the spokesperson said, adding that the CEC system will be compatible with that used by US Navy Aegis vessels operating in the area using the latest Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles and the Aegis ballistic missile defence (BMD) 5.1 baseline.
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