TOKYO, (BM) – Japan intends to refuse to deploy US missile defense systems on its territory. This was stated by the head of the country’s Ministry of Defense Taro Kono, reports BulgarianMilitary.com.
“We intend to stop the deployment of [ground-based missile defense systems] in connection with their cost and deployment time,” the agency quoted the minister as saying with reference to local media.
The reasons for abandoning these plans are economic and technical. Missiles are expensive, and the Japanese budget is in short supply.
In addition, the Japanese military doubts that the starting engine, which separates when starting, is guaranteed not to cause damage if it falls. Due to the lack of such guarantees, the software of the complexes needs to be modified.
The head of the ministry emphasized that the Aegis complexes were deployed on the destroyers of the naval forces of Japan and would remain on them.
The fact that the United States plans to deploy two American Aegis Ashore missile defense systems on the Japanese islands by 2023, it became known in December 2017. In 2019, Taro Kono reiterated this intention of the Japanese state.
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