Japan executes SM-3 Block IIA launch; key to new Aegis procurement, destroyer development

By Jason Sherman / November 21, 2022 at 1:02 PM
Japan executed its maiden launch of a Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor -- the most advanced Aegis guided missile which it co-developed, and is co-producing, with the United States -- as part of a major ballistic missile defense live-fire event in the Pacific Ocean in concert with the U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency. On Nov. 21, MDA announced the completion of Japan Flight Test Mission-07, a two-week event that aimed to certify Japanese Aegis Weapon System Baseline J7 and...

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