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Aegis Destroyers to Cost Japan More Than Scrapped Land-Based Systems, Reports Say

Sputnik News

14:06 GMT 24.11.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The option to build destroyers for the US-made Aegis missile systems will cost Japan over 500 billion yen ($4.8 billion), which is even more than the previous plan to deploy land-based Aegis Ashore interceptors, scrapped by the Japanese government over cost concerns, the Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.

According to the Kyodo news agency, citing estimates from two companies commissioned by the government, while the land-based platforms would cost 400 billion yen, the destroyer alternative would be some 100 billion yen more, not including costs to be incurred for 30 years following the introduction of the ships.

The overall cost of the alternative could reach 700 billion yen in the long-term, the agency said.

Tokyo is now seeking alternatives to the plan to deploy two Aegis Ashore land-based missile systems in the country, which were expected to counter a potential threat from North Korea.

The government is expected to present the latest estimate at a meeting with relevant panels on Wednesday, according to the news outlet.

Earlier in the day, the media reported that Japan was planning to build two new Aegis destroyers in place of the abandoned plan.

In September, media reported citing new Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi that Japan was planning to use mobile sea-based platforms for its missile defence. The plan envisaged building a vessel designed to intercept ballistic missiles or an offshore platform similar to sea oil rigs.

This would remove the risk of rocket boosters falling onto populated areas, one of the concerns for the land-based interceptors. Issues, however, remained with cost increases and the impact of weather conditions on sea-based missile defences.

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