May 24, 2018

Shield of the Pacific: Japan as a Giant Aegis Destroyer

Key Points: 

▶Japan’s acquisition of two Aegis Ashore sites will be a significant step to boost air and missile defense capabilities for the region, but their potential has not yet been widely understood.

▶Japan’s sites should probably not be mere copies of those in Romania and Poland.

▶Possible enhancements fall into four categories: more missions, better radars, new operational concepts, and the addition of long-range counterattack capabilities.

▶More robust Aegis Ashore installations with layered and integrated air and missile defense capabilities have potential application elsewhere in the globe, including for NATO and the United States.

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