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Japan Cuts One Aegis Ashore Site Amid Sustained Local Opposition
May 07, 2020

Japan Cuts One Aegis Ashore Site Amid Sustained Local Opposition

By Ankit Panda
Japanese authorities will survey new candidate sites nearby.

Japan Rejects Lockheed Martin Plans for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft
April 02, 2020

Japan Rejects Lockheed Martin Plans for Next-Generation Fighter Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese Ministry of Defense has rejected proposals by foreign manufacturers to develop a new fighter aircraft, according to a government spokesperson.
US State Department Greenlights $3.3 Billion Missile Sale to Japan
September 12, 2019

US State Department Greenlights $3.3 Billion Missile Sale to Japan

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 73 U.S.-made supersonic ballistic missile interceptors to Japan.

Australia, Japan to Hold First Joint Air Combat Exercise
September 11, 2019

Australia, Japan to Hold First Joint Air Combat Exercise

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Bushido Guardian 2019 exercise will be held from September 11 to October 8 in Japan.

Report: 2 Russian Tu-95 Strategic Bombers Violate Japan's Airspace
June 20, 2019

Report: 2 Russian Tu-95 Strategic Bombers Violate Japan's Airspace

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Two nuclear-capable Tu-95 long-range bombers have violated Japanese airspace on June 20, according to the country’s defense ministry.

Japan Takes Delivery of First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft
June 03, 2019

Japan Takes Delivery of First E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Northrop Grumman has announced that it has delivered the first E-2D aircraft to the Japan Air Self Defense Force.

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept 2 Russian Military Aircraft
May 06, 2019

Japan Scrambles Fighter Jets to Intercept 2 Russian Military Aircraft

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japanese fighters intercepted two Russian maritime patrol aircraft in the Sea of Japan and East China Sea on May 3.
US Navy Shoots Down Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile Target in Test
December 12, 2018

US Navy Shoots Down Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missile Target in Test

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency conducted its second successful SM-3 BlockIIA intercept test in 2018.

US Navy Successfully Shoots Down Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Target in Test
October 27, 2018

US Navy Successfully Shoots Down Medium-Range Ballistic Missile Target in Test

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The U.S. Missile Defense Agency successfully conducted a SM-3 Block IIA intercept test after two previous failed tests.

Will Japan and the UK Collaborate on Sixth-Generation Tempest Future Fighter Aircraft?
August 02, 2018

Will Japan and the UK Collaborate on Sixth-Generation Tempest Future Fighter Aircraft?

By Franz-Stefan Gady
Japan and the United Kingdom are exploring options to collaborate on a new advanced stealth fighter jet.

US Ballistic Missile Intercept Test Fails for 2nd Time
February 02, 2018

US Ballistic Missile Intercept Test Fails for 2nd Time

By Franz-Stefan Gady
An Aegis Ashore-launched SM-3 Block IIA interceptor failed to hit its target during a ballistic missile defense test on January 31st.
US, Japan Successfully Test New Ballistic Missile Killer
February 07, 2017

US, Japan Successfully Test New Ballistic Missile Killer

By Franz-Stefan Gady
A U.S. Navy ship successfully destroyed a ballistic missile target with a new “hit-to-kill” interceptor.

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