Japan plans to spend $1.7 billion on a new missile defense system Patriot

The Japanese government plans to spend 188 billion yen ($1.7 billion) for the purchase of upgraded missiles Patriot -3 (PAC-3) class “earth-air” in the current fiscal year, which ends in April 2017, according to the newspaper Japan News.

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The reason for the purchase of missiles called missile threat from North Korea in building up its nuclear potential and leading the development of ballistic missiles ostensibly to protect the United States.

The publication notes that now available in Japan missiles PAC-3 have a range of 15 to 20 kilometers, and the modernized system will allow to double this range.

There are also plans to spend 7 billion yen (62,5 million dollars) to equip the missile defense systems of military ships with early warning system Aegis.

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