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Japan Looking for Alternatives to Aegis Ashore

Japan Looking for Alternatives to Aegis Ashore

   Tokyo, June 21 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is looking for alternatives to the Aegis Ashore land-based missile defense system, whose deployment plan has been halted, officials have said.
   The government is examining multiple ideas, including the establishment of the system on a megafloat, a huge floating structure that can be used as an offshore base, and the deployment of the system on Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers, according to the officials.
   The Defense Ministry and the National Security Council are weighing up these ideas so that the government can reach a conclusion on an alternative to the current Aegis Ashore deployment plan in summer.
   "This is a halt without an alternative," a senior government official said, admitting that the halt has created a hole in air defense.
   The ministry has set up a special team to discuss the issue by bringing together specialists on Aegis Ashore and senior officials of the Defense Policy and Defense Buildup Planning bureaus.

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