PAC-3 missile interceptors deployed in western Japan

Frederick Owens
August 13, 2017

Japan said on Saturday it has installed anti-missile systems in several parts of the country following North Korea's threat to launch four ballistic missiles towards the American island of Guam.

Japan's prime minister has said he will do everything he can to protect people as tensions escalate over North Korean plans to send missiles flying over Japan toward Guam.

The Japanese Defense Ministry on Saturday finished deploying Patriot missile defense systems in the country's south in anticipation of North Korea's possible strike on Guam, the state broadcaster NHK said.

The surface-to-air missile interceptors were deployed in Shimane, Hiroshima, Ehime and Kochi prefectures, where normally no PAC-3 units are stationed.

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Japan's missile defence scheme employs Maritime Self-Defence Force Aegis destroyers to shoot down airborne missiles, and the PAC-3 system operated by the Air Self-Defence Force to counter missiles that evade Aegis interceptors.

Japan has deployed the missile interceptors in the past ahead of other North Korean launches but has never actually shot anything down.

On Friday, President Donald Trump urged North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un not to take any action against the USA, its territories including Guam or its allies, warning he would regret such a move - and "regret it fast".

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