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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.

100 Percent of Targets Destroyed: Japan Is Testing New Missile in US
November 13, 2015

100 Percent of Targets Destroyed: Japan Is Testing New Missile in US

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The Japanese military has been conducting missile drills at a US test site.
US and Japan Successfully Test Ballistic Missile Killer
June 11, 2015

US and Japan Successfully Test Ballistic Missile Killer

By Franz-Stefan Gady
The new next-generation Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) is scheduled to be deployed at sea and ashore by 2018.

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