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New Kyushu Unit Boosts Missile Defense Capabilities

Japan’s Ministry of Defense has reorganized and strengthened the Air Self-Defense Force units responsible for missile defense amid North Korea’s continued ballistic missile launches. A launch ceremony was held in Fukuoka Prefecture for the new “Western Air Defense Group,” which will primarily handle missile defense in the Kyushu, Chugoku, and Shikoku regions. Vehicles equipped with upgraded PAC-3 missiles, which have significantly longer ranges, were unveiled during the event. The Japanese government is also considering further improvements to PAC-3 capabilities and strengthening Ground Self-Defense Force missile units. Source: NHK

New Kyushu Unit Boosts Missile Defense Capabilities

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Fukuoka Prefecture
Published: Mar 17, 2023 / Last Updated: Mar 17, 2023

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