Japan Launches New Aegis Destroyer

Japan Launches New Aegis Destroyer

On July 17, Japan launched its second Maya-class destroyer, JS Haguro (DDG-180), at a ceremony in Yokohama City. The vessel is the second ship of its class and the eighth…

Japan to share Aegis Ashore data with United States

Japan to share Aegis Ashore data with United States

On July 9, Japan’s Ministry of Defense said it would share information from its planned Aegis Ashore sites with the United States. The Japanese government first announced plans to acquire…

Japanese Aegis Destroyer Completes Second Sea Trials

Japanese Aegis Destroyer Completes Second Sea Trials

In late June 2019, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force destroyer Maya (DDG-179) completed its second round of sea trials. The Maya-class is an improved variant of the Atago-class destroyer…

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,…