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Cabinet to approve Aegis ships as alternative to ashore system

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"The increased fleet would enable Japan to dispatch more Aegis-equipped vessels to keep in check China's assertiveness in the East China Sea."

Dangerous intension is dangerous.

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A recent estimate showed two advanced Aegis destroyers would cost over 500 billion yen ($4.8 billion), 100 billion yen more than the previous plan, according to people familiar with the matter.

The wonderful world of the military-industrial-complex, where your taxed hard earned cash disappears into deep pockets for a system which will never be used and will simply provide the impetus for further missile development and testing, which will in turn lead to greater tax hikes as more complex systems will be required.

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So the previous expensive land based system was canned and it will be replaced by an even more expensive system that's estimated to cost at least 50% more over it's life span. Super. How long before LDP starts whinging about govt not having enough finances and a rise in taxes to cover " social expenses for the people".

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Time to create the Aegis Airborne Response Unit. Japan would be the first and it should integrate well with the other Raytheon equipment on board. Then it's "Anywhere, Any Time"...

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Of course you have to test them. One missile alone costs $100m. And as NK proved, if multiple missiles are fired at the same time, they are totally useless.

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China currently has the worlds biggest military ship building program producing more ships per year than any other country. It is prudent for Japan to have additional ships to protect itself and its territories in the face of such danger. Making them Aegis ships is a smart move to tie in with the F-35's and with allied ships with the same systems, effectively expanding the range of incoming information and an ability to launch from the nearest platform to neutralize any threat.

A smart move by Japan.

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Did the Government consider the many small islands with little or no population that could support Aegis system instead of building costly ship platform?

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They are just ignoring any deviating opinions. It’s useless to discuss in detail with such stubborn people. But again ‘insisting’, it has to be land based of course and it must be for obvious reasons accompanied by cheaply and outnumbering unsophisticated arsenal. You cannot deploy it in the sea, it’s all a more than easy target there and if they position jamming equipment in very nearby waters , EEZ border for instance, it will also probably become technically useless or unreliable. There is more, like communication and supply difficulties with mainland bases etc. but let’s stop here. They will ignore it anyway...

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shey are just ignoring any deviating opinions. It’s useless to discuss in detail with such stubborn people. But again ‘insisting’, it has to be land based of course and it must be for obvious reasons accompanied by cheaply and outnumbering unsophisticated arsenal. You cannot deploy it in the sea, it’s all a more than easy target there and if they position jamming equipment in very nearby waters , EEZ border for instance, it will also probably become technically useless or unreliable. There is more, like communication and supply difficulties with mainland bases etc. but let’s stop here. They will ignore it anyway...

Sorry bud but AEGIS and SM3 work too well from ships and the test history is testament to this. It has been shown to find and hit subscale (meaning smaller than a real missile warhead) targets and has successfully rejected decoys. AEGIS has also been able to hit a ballistic missile target and a cruise missile target at the same time, meaning its radars and battle management system are flexible enough to deal with a high diver and a sea skimmer at the same time. An SM-3 Block II prototype just hit an ICBM target, the fastest moving and thus most difficult target to hit. AEGIS has been in the US Navy since the early 1980s. There is nothing even a little bit unproven or unreliable about the system. It is in the navies of South Korea, Norway, Spain, Australia and Japan use AEGIS and soon Canada. It is literally the best such system made.

The main drawback for using it from land are the boosters that fall off and could hit friendly territory. The US Army for example specifies its land based air defense missiles must all be single stage for this exact reason.

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Did the Government consider the many small islands with little or no population that could support Aegis system instead of building costly ship platform?

Good question. On the surface this seems to be a good compromise. I did a cursory internet study of several such islands and most of the undeveloped islands or undeveloped parts of islands with towns on them are nature preserves to some degree, especially the high terrain where radars would be sited.

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