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Japan to Bolster Missile Defenses

9:14 PM, Jan 3, 2007 • By DANIEL MCKIVERGAN
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With North Korea's nuclear program advancing, Japan is set to ramp up its missile defense capabilities. According to Reuters,

Japan may be getting set to pour hundreds of millions of dollars into plugging missile- defense gaps demonstrated by North Korea's July 4-5 test- firings….

Also being discussed is removing "barriers" to coordination with the United States to thwart missiles that could be tipped with chemical, biological or nuclear warheads, said Ed Butt, head of a Lockheed missile-defense division….

Lockheed is linking sensors, interceptors and other components to give military commanders a range of ways to cope with any missile attack. It would let them respond with everything from Patriot Advanced Capability-3 batteries to Aegis cruisers to ground-based interceptor missiles.

Japan is working through issues tied to how far it may go in coordinating its missile defenses with the United States under its U.S.-imposed pacifist constitution. It is due to spend more than $1 billion in the coming year for on Patriot PAC-3 and Aegis sea-based missile defense….

Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3)
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(source: Boeing.com)