The two-day information-sharing exercise to April 14 aims to enhance combat in response to ballistic missiles. During the exercise, US and Japanese ships coordinated response to incoming missiles, shared radar information and simulated interception.
Participating in the exercise is the Japanese ship Kongou, while the US force is led by Mobile Bay and Spruance, both of the strike group led by the nuclear aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln.
The destroyers in the Aegis system of the MSDF are equipped with the Standard Missile-3 missile interceptor and are tasked with intercepting missiles coming from the upper atmosphere. If that fails, the Air Self-Defense Force’s (ASDF) Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor missile system will strike at a lower level.
Meanwhile, the US 7th Fleet also said that the US strike group began exercises in the Sea of Japan from April 8 with ships of the MSDF.
The joint drills take place amid speculation that North Korea may conduct a nuclear test or launch an intercontinental ballistic missile on the occasion of the 110th birthday of late Chairman Kim Il Sung. /4).
On March 24, North Korea launched its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) since November 2017, ending the self-imposed moratorium on ICBM test launches that the country implemented in April 2018. .
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