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Report: Japan OKs Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Procurement Plan

Report: Japan OKs Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Procurement Plan - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Report: Japan OKs Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Procurement Plan - top government contractors - best government contracting eventJapan has approved a proposal to purchase two land-based Aegis combat systems as part of the East Asian country“™s effort to expand its ballistic missile defense capability in response to North Korea“™s nuclear and missile threats, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Sources said the establishment of the proposed Aegis Ashore batteries could cost approximately $2 billion and could be deployed by 2023.

“North Korea“™s nuclear missile development poses a new level of threat to Japan and as we have done in the past we will ensure that we are able to defend ourselves with a drastic improvement in ballistic missile defense,“ said Itsunori Onodera, Japan“™s defense minister.

North Korea carried out its third intercontinental ballistic missile test in November.

The decision over the Aegis Ashore stations came a month after the Defense Department reportedly started to exchange initial price and technical data with Japan over the ground-based Aegis defense system.

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