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Japan’s ABM System Cost Triples

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DID has covered ongoing ABM developments involving the USA and Japan, from their joint development agreement, to contracts and moves aimed at the deployment of SM-3 Standard and Patriot PAC-3 missiles as an initial shield. Now The Yomiuri Shimbun reports that the USA has told Japan it would cost nearly three times more than previously estimated to develop a joint missile defense system against a possible attack by North Korea. Japan’s sense of urgency in this matter has been quite high since North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the Japanese mainland into the Pacific as an implicit threat. when coupled with Pyonyang’s nuclear program, that threat takes on new dimensions. Yet Japan’s recent budget increase of 1.2% is the first increase in four years. Initial estimates for the joint development project had the United States shouldering $545 million, with work on the project starting in the Japanese FY 2006 and continuing to March 2012. AFP reports that “the amount nearly tripled after Washington extended the period for development to 2014 and recalculated the amount based on previous weaponry projects…” The cost spiral has drawn the expect concern from the Japanese, and The Yomiuri Shimbun quoted an anonymous Japanese defense […]

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