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Japan Buying Two US Aegis Ashore Anti-Missile Systems

The first of two Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors is launched during a successful intercept test - US Army

Japan will purchase a U.S.-built, land-based missile defense system in response to what it considers the rapidly growing threat from North Korea. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet approved a plan Tuesday to buy two Aegis Ashore missile interceptor systems at a cost of nearly $2 billion. The new Aegis Ashore system, which duplicates the sea-based version…



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