TOKYO, (BM) – In 2020, Japan plans to develop a national missile defense system capable of intercepting ballistic missiles with a complex flight path, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, according Japanese media reports.
Japan intends to deeply modernize its land-to-air missiles with a range of approximately 100 km. It is expected that already in 2020 the troops will receive improved missiles with increased range, reports TASS with reference to Sankei.
The publication notes that these missiles are intended mainly for the interception of aircraft and cruise missiles.
Japan’s missile defense systems cannot destroy missiles that are capable of flying along a low trajectory, changing it unexpectedly before a strike. The new system should provide protection against such missiles.
As a result, the system should be able to counteract the new short-range missiles of North Korea, which in their characteristics resemble the Iskander missile, RIA Novosti reports.
Within seven years, Japan intends to develop a new missile defense structure that can intercept hypersonic missiles. Now Japan also has no protection against them.
In the summer, the DPRK tested missiles, which, as stated by the South Korean Ministry of Defense, “are similar to Russian Iskander missiles.”
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