Japan’s Aegis Ashore Sites Will Not Include Air Defenses

On April 7, Japan’s Jiji Press reported that the country’s Aegis Ashore sites will not be equipped with Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC). Japanese officials acknowledge that without CEC, the land-based Aegis systems will be limited to countering ballistic missiles, and ineffective against cruise missiles or aircraft. Japan’s Aegis destroyers and existing air defenses will defend against these lower-flying threats.