Friday, September 23, 2005

Another Great Chinese Achievement

Japan is building up its missile defenses, no doubt to complement its future nuke capability. This confirms the continued ability of the Chinese despots to shoot themselves in the foot.

A previous post reported the successful test of the Raytheon SM-3 ship-based Ballistic Missile Defense system. It's launched from an Aegis cruiser or destroyer and Japan will deploy it next year.

Now Japanese sources report that it will co-develop the SM-3:

Demonstrating both cooperation with the U.S. and its own ambitions to pursue missile defenses of its own, Japan will partner with the U.S. to design a nose cone for a ballistic missile interceptor, Kyodo reports, citing close sources. The interceptor at issue is an upgraded version of the Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) which is part of the Aegis sea-based defense system, in which Japan and other countries are quite interested. An agreement between the two countries specifying the cooperation is said to be expected soon, possibly by the end of the year.

A Japanese SM-3 will give that island nation a world class defensive system to to complement a future nuclear deterrent capability.