Japan displays defense capabilities against missile threats
TOKYO -Jun 21, 2017 Japan opened a missile defense drill to the public on Wednesday, a move it says will reassure the country it is ready to counter any missile attack by neighboring North Korea.
A PAC-3 Patriot battery drove on to the Asaka Self Defense Forces base near Tokyo, deployed its radar antenna and raised its missile launcher to firing position. PAC3 stands for Patriotic Advanced Capability, and is built by Lockheed Martin. The weapons manufacturer describes it as a “hit-to-kill” missile, and says it “defeats the entire threat: tactical ballistic missiles (TBMs), cruise missiles and aircraft.”
North Korea has pushed ahead with its missile and nuclear weapons programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, and regularly threatens to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.Air Self Defense Force major Akinori Hanada said, “Making this public is a way to reassure people about their safety and bring peace of mind,"
Advances in North Korea's ballistic missile program have raised concern in Tokyo that its PAC-3 batteries and Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan could be overwhelmed. Japan has begun a $1 billion program to upgrade the PAC-3s to extend their range and accuracy, but the first of those will not be ready until 2020.
The Oslo Times International News Network