Japanese-U.S. Missile Interceptor Hits Slowdown

Japan has been alerted by the United States that a cooperatively designed missile interceptor would take 24 months longer to prepare than previously anticipated because additional trials are necessary of the weapon's kinetic warheads, informed insiders told Kyodo News on Friday (see GSN, Aug. 1).

The postponement would push back the planned 2020 fielding of the jointly produced Standard Missile 3 Block 2A interceptor, the insiders said.

The United States holds primary responsibility for development of the warheads under an initiative launched in fiscal 2006. Tokyo opted to pursue antimissile efforts with Washington in 1998, following North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile over the island nation (Kyodo News/Japan Times, Sept. 17).

September 19, 2011
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Japan has been alerted by the United States that a cooperatively designed missile interceptor would take 24 months longer to prepare than previously anticipated because additional trials are necessary of the weapon's kinetic warheads, informed insiders told Kyodo News on Friday (see GSN, Aug. 1).

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