PAC-3 Missile Defense Drill Held in Tokyo
Tokyo, Oct. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Air Self-Defense Force carried out a quick deployment drill for its Patriot Advanced Capability-3, or PAC-3, missile interceptors in Tokyo on Wednesday, in order to fully prepare for missile defense operations.
The drill, held at the Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, followed a series of ballistic missile firings by North Korea. On Oct. 2, a submarine-launched North Korean ballistic missile fell into waters in Japan's exclusive economic zone.
Defense Minister Taro Kono, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and other officials inspected the exercise.
Under Japan's current two-tier missile defense system, interceptors installed on Aegis destroyers shoot down missiles in outer space, while ground-based PAC-3 batteries are used to intercept missiles at altitudes of over 10 kilometers in case the Aegis system fails to destroy them.
The drill was attended by a 30-strong unit of the ASDF's 1st Air Defense Missile Group stationed in the city of Tsuchiura in Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, along with 15 vehicles. Members of the unit confirmed procedures such as for setting up radars and interceptor launchers.
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