Japan’s two Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) systems will not be equipped with the US-developed Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) real-time sensor netting system, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD) in Tokyo.
“We have decided not to equip the Aegis Ashore units with the CEC system and defence capabilities against cruise missiles, and we have not allocated any budget for this during fiscal year 2019 [FY 2019],” an MoD spokesperson told Jane’s on 9 April.
The CEC enables Aegis-equipped destroyers, early-warning aircraft, and ground-based units to share positional data on enemy aircraft, cruise missiles, and other targets.
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