• Kyodo News


The Defense Ministry is thinking of developing an early warning satellite that can detect ballistic missiles in their boost phase to increase the effectiveness of the missile shield it is building, the ministry’s recently released policy on development and use of space says.

A man-made orbiter would be the first step in Japan developing a satellite-based missile detection system of its own. Japan currently relies on the United States for information on ballistic missile launches, including those undertaken by North Korea.

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