The Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) said on 30 July that it has selected the Lockheed Martin Solid State Radar (SSR) for the two land-based Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems, which the country plans to install.
The two radars will cost a total of about JPY248 billion (USD2.3 billion), with maintenance and other operational costs putting the estimated budget at the two sites over 30 years at JPY466.4 billion, according to an MoD news release.
“The Aegis Ashore will drastically improve Japan’s missile defence capabilities,” Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters on 30 July. “The cost is not final, and the government will scrutinise it at every phase,” he added.
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