Research and Development of Land-based Aegis Antimissile Radar for Japanese Enterprises

 Research and Development of Land-based Aegis Antimissile Radar for Japanese Enterprises

Reference News Network reported Jan. 24 that Tokyo News published a report on Jan. 23 entitled Japanese enterprises will not be able to participate in the development of land-basedAegisradar system.

Japans Ministry of Defense is scheduled to deploy land-based Aegis anti-missile system at two locations in Japan. Concerning the development of solid state radar (SSR) carried on the system, the Ministry of Defense has decided not to allow Japanese enterprises to participate. The reason is allegedly that if domestic enterprises participate in the development, it may cause delay in delivery and price rise. At the beginning, however, the participation of Japanese enterprises in the development was one of the key conditions for selecting SSR, but it is known that the Ministry of Defense will not change this decision.

Reported that in December 2017, decided to deploy land-based Aegis system, Japans Ministry of Defense entered the selection of its components. Regarding radar selection, the U.S. Department of Defenses proposal was accepted to use Lockheed Martins SSR radar or Raytheons SPY-6 radar. In July 2018, the SSR radar was selected by the seminar team at the sub-chairmans meeting after evaluating four projects, including radar performance, spare parts supply, funding and delivery date.

DATA PICTURE: The U.S. Army deployed a land-based Aegis system in Romania. (Pictures come from the Internet)

DATA PICTURE: Fujitsu Company of Japan. (Pictures come from the Internet)

In the selection phase, Fujitsus semiconductor technology is expected to be used in SSR radar development, which is the key point of the evaluation. Later, knowing that the choice of Fujitsu could lead to price increases and delays in delivery, the Ministry of Defense decided not to allow the company to participate in development.

The report quoted officials from the Ministry of Defense as explaining: It is a fact that Loma has received suggestions from Japanese companies that they can participate in development and evaluated them. But this evaluation is only one of many evaluation projects, and Fujitsus non-participation will not affect the results of the evaluation. The defense industry has a view that if conditions have changed, it should be re-selected.

DATA PICTURE: The Standard 3 Vertical Anti-aircraft Missile System matched with the land-based Aegis system. (Pictures come from the Internet)

The deployment of a land-based Aegis system requires 122.4 billion yen ($1.1 billion). This does not include the cost of construction of Standard 3 ground-based vertical missile installations and facilities. Japans Ministry of Defense plans to deploy on-land self-defense forces in Akita City and Awuchong City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The report quoted Maritime Self-Defense Force retired officers and former senior adviser of Raytheon Corporation, Kan Shangfangyang, as saying: The Ministry of Defense has chosen SSR radar as one of its aims to improve the technical strength of domestic enterprises. Deciding not to involve Fujitsu would lose the meaning of choosing SSR radar.

Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Yao Wenguang_NN1682