Japan Plans Space-Based Infrared Test in 2020

Japan Plans Space-Based Infrared Test in 2020

On June 12, Japanese Ministry of Defense officials confirmed plans to study a space-based early missile warning system by testing an experimental infrared sensor in 2020. According to Sankei Shimbun,…

Japan, Russia Disagree on Aegis Ashore in Island Dispute

Japan, Russia Disagree on Aegis Ashore in Island Dispute

In their fourth “two-plus-two” dialogue, Japanese and Russian foreign and defense ministers failed to reach consensus over disputed island territories north of Japan. Both countries highlighted missile activity as a…

Japan’s Aegis Ashore Sites Will Not Include Air Defenses

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…

Japan to Acquire Two New Long-range Missiles

Japan to Acquire Two New Long-range Missiles

On March 18, the Japanese Defense Ministry announced plans to develop its first domestically produced long-range standoff cruise missile with a range exceeding 400 km. This news comes less than…

USS Milius Completes Deployment to Japan

USS Milius Completes Deployment to Japan

On February 12, the U.S. Navy announced the completion of Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Milius (DDG 69) forward deployment to Yokosuka, Japan. The destroyer, previously homeported in San Diego, California,…

US State Department Approves Aegis Sale to Japan

US State Department Approves Aegis Sale to Japan

On January 29, the U.S. State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan for two Aegis Weapon Systems (AWS) and related missile defense equipment, including two Multi-Mission Signal…

US Establishes New Missile Defense Command in Japan

US Establishes New Missile Defense Command in Japan

On October 30, a spokesperson for the Japanese Ministry of Defense confirmed reports that the U.S. has established a new ballistic missile defense command in the country. The site began…