2017年05月17日

My latest for Jane's Defence Weekly

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Japan mulls introducing Aegis Ashore BMD system to counter North Korean threats

Kosuke Takahashi, Tokyo and Gabriel Dominguez, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

16 May 2017
Japanese defence minister Tomomi Inada has said her country is considering introducing the Lockheed Martin Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defence (BMD) system to counter North Korea's growing missile threat.

"In order to bolster capabilities to defend our whole nation all the time, [we] will promote consideration of introducing ballistic missile defence systems such as Aegis Ashore without any loose ends," Inada said during an Upper House committee session of Japan's national legislature on 15 May.

Moreover, the country will be advancing the introduction of the Patriot PAC-3 Missile Segment Enhanced (MSE) and Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) missiles, Inada said a day later in a press conference.

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2017年03月08日

My latest piece in Jane's Defence Weekly

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Here is my latest piece in Jane's Defence Weekly on Japan's new submarines. Japan will likely become the first country in the world to equip diesel-electric submarines with lithium-ion batteries.

Japan to equip future Soryu-class submarines with lithium-ion batteries



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