Japan eyes 2 Aegis ships after land-based defense plan scrapped

Japan is considering building two Aegis ships after abandoning earlier this year its plan to deploy a land-based defense system designed to counter the North Korean missile threat, government sources said Wednesday.The final decision will be made after the government receives an interim report in mid-November from two private companies entrusted with assessing technical issues related to the plan, the sources said, adding the Defense Ministry is expected to earmark necessary spending in the fiscal 2021 budget to be drafted by the end of this year.If the plan is given the go-ahead, the new ship…

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