Japan Redirects Navy Funds To Missile Defense Program

October 2004
Sea Power;Oct2004, Vol. 47 Issue 10, p47
The article presents information about the Missile Defense Program of Japan. The Japan Defense Agency has redirected 2005 procurement funding from naval programs in order to fund the Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (TMBD) program. The two major actions to be taken by the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force to comply with this new national guidance include reducing its surface combatant force from 54 to 48 units and postponing all new ship construction projects by one year. One destroyer has been cut from the 2005 budget and the entire new construction procurement budget for 2005 has been cut and redirected to the TBMD program.


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