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(Update) Japan Eyes 3 Options for New Missile Defense System

(Update) Japan Eyes 3 Options for New Missile Defense System

   Tokyo, Sept. 24 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government presented Thursday three options for the country's new missile defense system, after it in June scrapped a plan to deploy Aegis Ashore land-based interceptors.
   The three are: building a destroyer vessel armed with the entire interceptor system including radars, deploying the system at a large-scale offshore facility similar to an oil rig, and mounting the system on a private vessel such as a tanker.
   The destroyer option does not exclude the construction of a conventional Aegis guided missile ship.
   Chances also cannot be ruled out that the Ground Self-Defense Force will take charge of operating the offshore missile interception system instead of the Maritime SDF, which is facing a crew member shortage.
   The alternative ideas were shown at relevant meetings held separately by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito.

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