PAC-3 Interceptors Deployed in Western Japan amid N. Korea Threat
Tokyo, Aug. 12 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Defense Ministry deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, ground-to-air guided missiles at Ground Self-Defense Force bases in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions on Saturday, in response to North Korea's plan to fire ballistic missiles over western Japan to Guam.
PAC-3 interceptor units from the Air SDF's 4th Air Defense Missile Group based in Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, left Friday night for the GSDF's Izumo, Kaitaichi, Matsuyama and Kochi bases in Shimane Prefecture, Hiroshima Prefecture, Ehime Prefecture and Kochi Prefecture, respectively.
The deployment is aimed at making Japan better prepared for contingencies, including North Korean missiles or their debris falling onto Japanese territory.
Earlier this week, North Korea warned that it is considering a plan to fire four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles over Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi into waters around the U.S. Pacific territory.
In its two-layer missile defense system, Japan also uses Standard Missile 3, or SM-3, interceptors mounted on Aegis-class destroyers of the Maritime SDF.