ASDF holds PAC-3 missile defence drill in Tokyo after spate of North Korean launches

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The Air Self-Defence 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 defence operations.


The drill, held at the Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, followed a series of ballistic missile firings by North Korea. On Oct. 2, North Korea fired a ballistic missile built to be launched from a submarine into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

Defence Minister Taro Kono, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and other officials inspected the exercise.

Under Japan’s current two-tier missile Defence 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 Defence Missile Group stationed in the city of Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, along with 15 vehicles. Unit members carried out procedures such as setting up radars and interceptor launchers.

“We always need to mobilize (the missile Defence system) swiftly at any place,” Takasuke Maeda, the captain of the unit who directed the exercise, told reporters.

The drill for PAC-3 in an urban area was the first since the one held at the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, in 2013.

In Tokyo, PAC-3 drills were held at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Shinjuku Ward in 2010 and at the Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward in 2012.

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ASDF holds PAC-3 missile defence drill in Tokyo after spate of North Korean launches

2019/10/1570604712.jpg
Read: 2608     11:27     09 October 2019    

The Air Self-Defence 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 defence operations.


The drill, held at the Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, followed a series of ballistic missile firings by North Korea. On Oct. 2, North Korea fired a ballistic missile built to be launched from a submarine into Japan’s exclusive economic zone.

Defence Minister Taro Kono, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and other officials inspected the exercise.

Under Japan’s current two-tier missile Defence 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 Defence Missile Group stationed in the city of Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, along with 15 vehicles. Unit members carried out procedures such as setting up radars and interceptor launchers.

“We always need to mobilize (the missile Defence system) swiftly at any place,” Takasuke Maeda, the captain of the unit who directed the exercise, told reporters.

The drill for PAC-3 in an urban area was the first since the one held at the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park in the city of Suita, Osaka Prefecture, in 2013.

In Tokyo, PAC-3 drills were held at Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Shinjuku Ward in 2010 and at the Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa Ward in 2012.

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