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Japan Today - News - Japan to get 124 Patriot missiles - Japan's Leading International News Network

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Japan to get 124 Patriot missiles

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Saturday, November 12, 2005 at 17:46 JST
TOKYO — The Defense Agency is planning to procure 124 Patriot surface-to-air missiles in the coming years through fiscal 2010 and to have a domestic defense contractor build them to replace imports, which will meet initial demand, informed sources said Saturday.

The PAC-3 missiles are intended to hit cruise missiles at an altitude of up to 20 kilometers that have escaped interceptors launched by the Maritime Self-Defense Force's Aegis destroyer. Costing an estimated 500 million yen each, the missiles will first be imported from the United States, but the agency is planning to switch to delivery from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, which will be licensed to produce them domestically, the sources said.

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