Sunday, July 24, 2005

Japan Gets Ready

Japan is considering deploying its ballistic missile defenses next March, a year earlier than planned. Confirming that the despots running China are curiously intent on their own destruction.

Japan may start deploying a missile shield by the end of next March, a year earlier than planned, to counter the threat of North Korean and Chinese ballistic missiles, a Japanese daily said yesterday.

Under the current plan, the Defense Ministry is to start deploying Patriot 3 (PAC-3) surface-to-air missiles in late fiscal 2006-07, which ends in March 2007, Yomiuri Shimbun said.

In addition, one of Japan's four Aegis destroyers is to be refitted with SM-3 missiles by the end of 2007.

The two missiles provide layered defense. The newer SM-3 directly hits and destroys incoming warheads safely outside the atmosphere. If it fails, the PAC-3 attacks below 50,000 feet after warhead re-entry. It also destroys the target with a direct hit - when I worked on this type of weapon, we jokingly called them "Hitiles".

So, the triumph of Chinese diplomacy in creating a nuke-armed North Korea is to cause Japan to field the most advanced BMD umbrella in the world. Its next triumph following on from its targeting Taiwan with 700 missiles will be Taiwan deploying nukes. And I'm guessing that following their recent threat to nuke hundreds of US cities, the targeting of the Trident fleet has been tweaked.