F-15 fighters to guard Aegis destroyers

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  1. arya

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    The Defense Ministry has decided to send F-15 fighters to guard Aegis destroyers to be deployed in preparation for the scheduled launch of a North Korean missile, government sources have said. The ministry is expected to deploy the state-of-the-art Aegis ships to the East China Sea and two other locations to monitor the launch.

    The F-15s are necessary as Russian or Chinese intelligence-gathering aircraft may come extremely close to the Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels, the sources said Thursday.

    The F-15s will be deployed under a provision prescribed in the Self-Defense Forces Law's Article 95, the sources said. The provision stipulates that the SDF can use weapons, aircraft and other equipment to defend their planes, ships and other equipment.

    This will be the first application of the provision.

    The ministry will deploy three Aegis destroyers--two in the East China Sea and one in the Sea of Japan--to prepare for the launch.

    When an Aegis destroyer detects and tracks a missile, it has to concentrate its radar systems on the missile. This will severely limit the crews' awareness of the surrounding area and make the ship largely defenseless
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    I like this. The Japanese could use a jolt of good old nationalism to kick out the dullness of their otherwise staid uninspiring national existence...
     
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    how will be our reaction ???
     
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    Sit back and enjoy the show. It is in Asia's interest that Japan remains strong (and even reassert itself) in the face of China's growing might. We need not fear a resurgent Japan as Japanese imperialism is not coming back in any size shape or form. The Japanese people would be the first to object to any policy of their government seeking the reinstatement of their military-imperialistic past.
     
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    do you really think some thing big is going to happen or flop drama
     
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    No. chances are things could turn out to be anticlimax in Asia, that is, China will implode by itself without shots being fired in the Pacific...
     
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    Because North Korea launches a missile and Japan reacts? The thread is losing its focus.
     
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    Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura on Monday urged people to stay calm, saying the Self Defense Forces are preparing missile units to intercept a long-range rocket expected to be launched by North Korea if the rocket or its fragments threaten to hit Japan.

    “We don’t believe anything would fall over Japan’s territory. Please carry out your daily lives and business as usual,” he said.

    The Unha-3 rocket is expected to fly past western Japan after its launch from North Korea’s west coast sometime between April 12 and 16. The plan has raised concerns that a failed launch, or a falling stage of the rocket, could endanger Japanese lives or property.

    Defense Minister Naoki Tanaka ordered the SDF to send destroyers equipped with Aegis missile defense systems to the Pacific and East China Sea and deploy mobile Patriot missile launchers in Okinawa. An interceptor missile unit is also likely to be deployed in Tokyo, although the capital is far from the expected flight path.

    North Korea has said the launch will send a satellite into orbit to study its crops and natural resources. Japan, the United States and other countries claim the launch is a cover for testing long-range missiles, in violation of international agreements
     
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