An executive for the Pentagon’s top contractor revealed on Wednesday that the United States and Japan are looking at two Japanese destroyer ships with the intention of upgrading their defense systems against potential ballistic missile attacks. Nick Bucci, of Lockheed Martin Corp., said that these multimillion-dollar updates would bring the two Atago-class guided-missile destroyers up to the same defensive levels as the U.S. Navy’s ships.
While it might be easy to dismiss this funding as wasteful on Japan’s part, especially in the face of a struggling economy and thousands still recovering from the March 11th disasters, the country is also taking serious measures to protect itself from North Korea’s increasing nuclear weapons capabilities. With the Pyongyang government’s latest long-range missile test held back in April, Japan’s Self-Defense Force took all necessary precautions to make sure it would endanger any Japanese people or territories.
The U.S. has become Japan’s most important partner in building up its defensive capabilities to be able to stop all kinds of missiles, and in all phases of flight. The overall upgrade project is very important to the U.S. as well, as it has spent close the $10 billion a year out of its own concerns about Iran and North Korea, and their possible military aggressions.