The Japanese government plans to increase the missile interception capabilities of 14 ground-to-air units of the Ground Self-Defense Force, and at the same time increase the deployment of troops on the Nansei Islands to three times the current level.

The picture shows the Patriot missile of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces.

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[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] In response to the sharply increasing missile threats from China, North Korea and Japan, Japan responded with a ballistic missile defense (BMD) system. In order to strengthen the ground interception network, the 14 ground-to-air units of the Ground Self-Defense Force will add missile interception capabilities , and at the same time increase the deployment of troops in the Nanxi Islands to 3 times the current amount.

Japan's "Kyodo News Agency" obtained a summary of the Japanese government's defense strengthening plan. The content pointed out that the "03-type surface-to-air missile" (Central SAM) of the Ground Self-Defense Force will be converted into specifications that can intercept ballistic missiles, and it is expected to start in 2026. Deployment, including the new troops, will be deployed in Ibaraki, Chiba, Yamanashi, Fukuoka, Okinawa and other places before 2031. In Okinawa, there will be 3 on the main island of Okinawa, and 1 each on Miyako Island, Ishigaki Island and Yonaguni Island. place.

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Considering the threat from China, Japan pays special attention to the Nansei Islands. It will deploy 6 troops in Okinawa Prefecture and 1 troops in Amami Oshima, Kagoshima Prefecture. In addition to the existing 4 troops of the Air Self-Defense Force on Okinawa Main Island, there will be a total of 11 troops. Up to now, the number of local Self-Defense Forces has nearly tripled.

The above-mentioned content will be included in the "National Security Strategy" scheduled to be completed by the end of this year, and the goal is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2031.

For the "Patriot III" (PAC-3) anti-aircraft missiles used by the Air Self-Defense Force, an upgraded version of the extended-range MSE missile will be purchased.

In addition, it is also planned to deploy radar systems in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Kyushu that are more capable of dealing with hypersonic weapons.