'Japan Boosting Missile Defense Against N. Korea Threat'

Write : 2017-12-05 15:59:03 Update : 2017-12-05 16:57:12

'Japan Boosting Missile Defense Against N. Korea Threat'

A Japanese daily reported Tuesday that Japan will overhaul its missile intercept system starting next year to cope with advancements in North Korea's weapons technology such as faster-descending missiles launched at steeper trajectories.
The Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper said the Japan Aerospace Defense Ground Environment, or JADGE, detects incoming missiles via radar and combines that information with data from American military satellites and other sources to determine the rockets' trajectory and likely point of impact.
If the missiles are expected to strike Japan, land- and ship-based interceptors are ordered to shoot them down.
JADGE is considered the brain of Japan's missile defense system.
But the report said that many believe the current system could have trouble dealing with high-powered missiles launched at a lofted trajectory, noting the intercontinental ballistic missile North Korea launched last Wednesday took this path. 
Japan's defense ministry is requesting ten-point-seven billion yen which is over 94 million U.S. dollars in its 2018 budget to make the changes with hopes to fully deploy the upgraded version by 2022.

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