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Japan decides to scrap US land-based Aegis Ashore missile defence system
  • Defence Minister Taro Kono said the deployment process was stopped after the safety of two planned host communities could not be ensured
  • Japan had already spent US$1.7 billion on the project but not everything will go to waste as it is compatible with those used on Japanese destroyers


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Published: 10:00pm, 15 Jun, 2020

Japanese Defence Minister Taro Kono said his ministry has decided to suspend unpopular plans to deploy a costly land-based US missile combat systems aimed at bolstering the country’s defence against escalating threats from North Korea. Photo: AP

Japan’s Defence Ministry on Monday said it had decided to stop unpopular plans to deploy two costly land-based US missile defence systems aimed at bolstering the country’s capability against threats from North Korea.

Defence Minister Taro Kono told reporters that he decided to “stop the deployment process” of the Aegis Ashore systems after it was found that the safety of one of the two planned host communities could not be ensured without a hardware redesign that would be too time consuming and costly.
“Considering the cost and time it would require, I had no choice but judge that pursuing the plan is not logical,” Kono said.


A Japanese Ground Self-defence Force exercise ground in Akita, northeastern Japan, which was a candidate site for the deployment of a land-based Aegis Ashore missile defence system. Photo: Kyodo

The Japanese government in 2017 approved adding the two missile defence systems to bolster the country’s current defences consisting of Aegis-equipped destroyers at sea and Patriot missiles on land.

Defence officials have said the two Aegis Ashore units could cover Japan entirely from one station at Yamaguchi in the south and another at Akita in the north. Prime Minister
Shinzo Abe’s government will now have to reconsider Japan’s missile defence programme.

The plan to deploy the two missile defence systems already had faced a series of setbacks, including questions about the selection of one of the sites, repeated cost estimate hikes that climbed to 450 billion yen (US$4.1 billion) for their 30-year operation and maintenance, and safety concerns that led to local opposition.

Critics have also said that the systems were to intercept long-range North Korean missiles from hitting Guam or Hawaii rather than for Japan’s self-defence, possibly interfering with the country’s war-renouncing constitution.

Kono said that Japan had already spent 180 billion yen (US$1.7 billion) for the systems, but that not everything will go to waste because the system is compatible with those used on Japanese destroyers.


An Aegis Ashore missile defence system at the Pacific Missile Range Facility of the US Navy on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Photo: Kyodo

It was ultimately the inability to guarantee the safety of the community in Yamaguchi that was the deal breaker. Defence officials had promised that any boosters used to intercept a missile flying over Japan would fall only on a military base there, and ensuring a safe fall of boosters to the base was proving impossible with the current design of the systems, Kono said.

Japan chose Aegis Ashore over a Terminal High-Altitude Area defence, or THAAD, system because of its cheaper cost and versatility.

The deployment of THAAD in South Korea triggered protests from China, with Beijing seeing it as a security threat.

The US has installed the land-fixed Aegis Ashore in Romania and Poland, and Japan was to be a third country to host the system.
 

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It seems that the jap have finally figured out that the much hyped piece of shit of TMD/NMD cannot even take stone-age missiles launched by north Korea and thus an utter waste of money and time.
 

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Americans destroyed Japan's "Great East Asia" dream and massacred over 3 million Japanese.

America and Japan are not brothers.
 

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It seems that the jap have finally figured out that the much hyped piece of shit of TMD/NMD cannot even take stone-age missiles launched by north Korea and thus an utter waste of money and time.
Yes, japanese realize that they only become a cash cow of USA in this project.

Good for them, scrapping this project.
Daddy USA must be angry at now :D
 

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Yes, japanese realize that they only become a cash cow of USA in this project.

Good for them, scrapping this project.
Daddy USA must be angry at now :D
What is Reashot Xigwin saying? In this thread I mean.
 

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What is Reashot Xigwin saying? In this thread I mean.
Before this, japan develop missile defence system in their Destroyer (Sea) and Ashore (Land).
But now, the Ashore (Land) one get scrapped. And some of the system already produced for their Ashore system can be used in their destroyer.

Yeah, saving a couple bucks from $1.7 Billion. But still a Big Loss for japan because No Ashore Missile Defence and burn their $1 billion money that can be used for another Project
 

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Before this, japan develop missile defence system in their Destroyer (Sea) and Ashore (Land).
But now, the Ashore (Land) one get scrapped. And some of the system already produced for their Ashore system can be used in their destroyer.

Yeah, saving a couple bucks from $1.7 Billion. But still a Big Loss for japan because No Ashore Missile Defence and burn their $1 billion money that can be used for another Project
Yeah like a destroyer. If you ask me that's a step up.

A great defense is a good offense.

Also possibly the real reason:
https://defence.pk/pdf/index.php?posts/12475467
 

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I can guarantee you, this has EVERYTHING to do with the north korean missiles happily violate japanese airspace 2 years ago during a test when these radars utterly failed to detect let alone intercept the north korean missiles. tokyo was just waiting for the right time to scrap this over priced false sense of security.
 
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Sounds like an excuse to cover up the real reason. They should have known that problem long before approving the facility.
Yes, they must be have critical problem with the system. They will not pump up $1.7 Billion to scrap the project in the end

This is a Huge Loss for japanese military development. That's huge amount of money for sure
 

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