​Japan-US Sign New Missile Defence System Deal

  • On 15th May, 2024, Japan and the US inked a pact to develop a new missile defence system to counter hypersonic threats from China, Russia, and North Korea.
  • Japan and the US agreed to develop a Glide Sphere Interceptor, planned for deployment by the mid-2030s.
  • Hypersonic weapons, with speeds exceeding Mach 5, pose a challenge due to their speed and maneuverability.
  • The interceptors will be deployed on Aegis-class destroyers, similar to previous missile defence systems co-developed by Japan and the ....
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