13 September 2018
Reuters reports that the US and Japan successfully tested Japan’s “Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system off the coast of Hawaii on Tuesday.” During the test, a “simple, separating ballistic missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands in Kauai, Hawaii, was intercepted above the Pacific by an upgraded standard missile 3.” According to MDA Director Lt. Gen Sam Greaves, the test of the Lockheed Martin system “provides confidence in the future capability for Japan to defeat the developing threats in the region.” Last year, Japan made the decision to bolster its missile defense capabilities in response to the threat posed by North Korea’s missile program. Greaves added that the US is “committed to assisting the government of Japan in upgrading its national missile defense capability against emerging threats.” (Image Credit: MDA)
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