Japan wants to double its Defense effort and transform its defensive doctrine

Like most countries in the Asian Pacific Ocean belt, Japan has significantly increased its defense effort in recent years, with a 2,6% increase for 2022 and a budget which, for the first time exceeded $50 billion. However, for the Liberal Democratic Party currently in power, the account is not there, in particular taking into account the lessons related to the war in Ukraine. And the latter to propose, in a document sent to the Japanese government, a proposal to increase the Japanese defense budget to 2% of the country's GDP, against only...

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Japan develops its own Electric Cannon to complement its anti-missile defense

Electric gun technology, or rail gun, was favored by many staffs a few years ago, especially in the United States, where the US Navy had invested several hundred million dollars to develop its own model. But lately, and especially since the Pentagon abandoned the program, which prioritized directed-energy weapons like high-energy lasers and microwave cannons, the buzz around this topic seems to have waned. little dried up. Even the Chinese program, which had hit the headlines three years ago when a Rail Gun was observed on a transport ship...

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Japan wants "options" in the face of new North Korean ballistic capabilities

Until recently, Tokyo relied fully on its anti-missile shield, and in particular on its 8 AEGIS heavy destroyers of the Kongo, Atago and Maya classes, to neutralize the ballistic threat coming from North Korea. But the performance demonstrated in recent months by Pyongyang's technology, whether it be semi-ballistic trajectory missiles capable of moving under the floor of anti-ballistic systems, or new systems equipped with hypersonic gliders, has largely undermined these certainties, to the point of leading the Japanese authorities to consider options that until now had not even been imagined. On October 23, following the last tactical missile test...

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Arleigh Burke, Kongo, Super Gorshkov: Modern Destroyers - Part 2

This article follows the article “Hobart, Type 52D, Sejong le Grand: modern destroyers – Part 1” published on May 24, 2021, which presented the Hobart (Australia), Type 052D/DL (China), Sejong le Grand (South Korea) and Kolkata (India). The second part completes this panel of the 8 main classes of Modern Destroyers, with the Kongo class (Japan), Arleigh Burke (United States), Daring (United Kingdom) and 22350M Super Gorshkov (Russia).

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Japan to build 2 additional Aegis destroyers for missile defense

At a press conference on Wednesday, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi announced that the government had come out in favor of building two new AEGIS destroyers to replace the program's anti-missile defenses. AEGIS ASHORE that the Japanese authorities decided to cancel after expert reports showed that missile fire would cause aerial elements to fall on inhabited areas. After considering several options, including that of moving the system ashore, transferring it to a naval platform, and even to a commercial vessel recycled to serve as a support, it is finally towards the…

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Anti-missile defense: Japan cancels purchase of two Aegis Ashore systems

In December 2017, Japan approved the construction of two Aegis Ashore anti-missile defense sites to counter the ballistic threat from North Korea, but also from China. Particularly strategic for the Japanese deterrence policy, these two Aegis Ashore systems were to make it possible to cover the whole of Japanese territory thanks to the very long-range SM-3 Block IIA missiles. Last week, however, Japan announced that it wanted to abandon this acquisition. The argument put forward is the risk represented by the first stage (booster) of the SM-3 missile, which could fall on a populated area in certain firing configurations. Modify missiles to avoid such…

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Commissioning of the Aegis Ashore anti-missile system in Poland again delayed by two years

The entry into operational service of the NATO ballistic missile defense site in Poland has once again been postponed by two years. Initially scheduled for 2018, then for the course of 2020, the delivery of the Polish site of Aegis Ashore is finally no longer expected before 2022 due to difficulties related to the construction of the buildings. The Aegis Ashore system is a land-based version of the AEGIS long-range air defense system which is on board American cruisers and destroyers of the Ticonderoga and Arleigh Burke classes, as well as on certain Spanish, South Korean, Australian or even Japanese. The…

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