Japan to Buy PAC-3, Other Arms

Japan intends to acquire Patriot Advanced Capability 3 air-defense systems as part of $2.1 billion of spending on its armed forces in coming months, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday.

“Out of [$2.1 billion], the Defense Ministry plans to use [$691 million] to prepare for the changing security environment surrounding Japan,” a ministry spokesman said, nearly one month after North Korea launched a long-range rocket. The Dec. 12 event was widely criticized as a violation of U.N. Security Council mandates against North Korean ballistic missile operations.

The PAC-3 system employs missiles that can be used against short-range ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and enemy aircraft.

Tokyo also intends to acquire three SH-60K helicopters and to update four F-15 fighter aircraft, the official said.

 

January 9, 2013
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Japan intends to acquire Patriot Advanced Capability 3 air-defense systems as part of $2.1 billion of spending on its armed forces in coming months, Agence France-Presse reported on Wednesday.

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