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US, Japan begin preparations for production of SM-3 missile interceptors

US, Japan begin preparations for production of SM-3 missile interceptors

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Date: 10 January 2016 07:32

The United States and Japan have launched preparations for the joint production from 2017 of a new missile interceptors, arguing it is necessary to defend against the North Korean ballistic missiles, Sputnik reported with the reference to the local media.

According to the NHK broadcaster, the military departments of the two countries are going to produce elements of the SM-3 missile Block IIA in Japan, and to test them at the beginning of the next year in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii from ships equipped with Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System.

The Standard Missile-3 Block IIA is a three-stage missile designed to intercept ballistic missile threats above the earth's atmosphere, destroying them with a kinetic warhead that collides with the threat warhead at very high speed.

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