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Flight Test of SM-3 missiles equipped on JDS CHOKAI (Press Release) (September 22, 2008)

September 22, 2008
Ministry of Defense

Press Release


Flight Test of SM-3 missiles equipped on JDS CHOKAI

JDS CHOKAI, the Aegis destroyer which has been upgraded with the ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability, will be equipped with Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IA missiles to intercept ballistic missiles, thereby acquiring BMD operational capability by November this year.

The JDS CHOKAI will conduct a SM-3 flight test off Kauai Island in Hawaii in the week of November 17th of this year. This is the second SM-3 flight test by the Maritime Self-Defense Force, the first having been successfully completed by the Aegis JDS KONGO in December last year. The purpose of the test is to confirm the BMD operational capability newly added to the JDS CHOKAI.

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