NHK has learned that Japan’s Defense Ministry will mainly look into using ships, in its study of offshore alternatives to the Aegis Ashore missile defense system.
The land-based Aegis Ashore is designed to use radar and interceptor missiles to stop ballistic missiles. Japan planned to deploy it in response to a surge in North Korean ballistic missile tests.
But residents close to the proposed deployment sites were concerned about falling rocket boosters. Earlier this year, the government gave up plans to deploy the land-based system, saying it could be too costly to modify the technology…
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