File picture of US Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
File picture of US Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

US to deploy radar in Japan to detect missile launches by China, Russia

ANI | Updated: Jan 29, 2019 18:14 IST

Tokyo (Japan), Jan 29 (ANI): The U.S. is planning to sound out Japan for permission to deploy‌ a large radar designed to give Washington an early warning of ICBM launches by China, Russia and North Korea.
The Yomiuri Shimbun, quoting sources, said the U.S. government is planning to deploy a new radar in Japan called the Homeland Defense Radar (HDR), which would track ICBMs heading for the U.S. mainland as well as Hawaii, the U.S. territory of Guam and elsewhere, from locations close to the launch.
The U.S. government also plans to use the radar for monitoring killer satellites that attack satellites, and for observing space debris. It intends to share information obtained from the radar with the Self-Defense Forces, the sources said.
Washington aims to deploy the HDR in Japan by the end of 2025 and operate the radars in Japan and Hawaii in coordination.
It also plans to start operating a radar of the same kind in Hawaii in 2023.
At present, the United States has the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) system, a land-based anti-ballistic missile system to protect the country. Under the system, missiles are deployed in Alaska and California to intercept attacks, which are tracked by radars deployed in California and other locations, the Yomiuri said.
The U.S. military has already deployed the mobile TPY-2 radar, also known as X-band radar, in Aomori and Kyoto prefectures to track ballistic missiles with shorter ranges than those of ICBMs.
The Japanese government will carefully examine the US proposal.
The United States, Russia and China possess ICBMs, and North Korea has repeatedly conducted test launches. (ANI)