Japan: Anti-missile drills held at US bases for second time in history

Japan conducted anti-missile drills at the US Misawa airbase located 400 miles (644 km) north of Tokyo, Thursday, marking the second time in history that Japan has carried out drills at a US airbase. Japan's Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) anti-missile systems were deployed during the drills. The missile systems are capable of intercepting short- and medium-range missiles in their terminal... Еще phase of flight. The military exercise comes as North Korea recently tested a miniaturised hydrogen bomb which the state claims can fit onto an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). In recent times the DPRK has also test-launched a missile which flew over Japan, as well as fired short-range ballistic missiles off the eastern coast of the Korean peninsula. «Based on the successful missile launch in North Korea, our purpose of the training is for the improvement of the ability of the ballistic missile of the Air Self-Defense Force, and the improvement of the tactics function and reinforcement of the cooperation with the United States Armed Forces», explained Shariki Subbase Commander Yoshichika Kawahiro. According to Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, the drills at US airbases will help strengthen the US-Japan alliance.
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