Japan mulls equipping Aegis ships with long-range standoff missiles

Japan is considering equipping its two Aegis vessels newly approved for development with long-range standoff missiles, capable of attacking enemy vessels from outside their firing range, government sources said Saturday. The government may install such missiles on the two ships equipped with Aegis missile interceptor systems in response to increasing naval activities by Beijing in the East China Sea amid the tension over the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, which Beijing claims and calls Diaoyu. But deployment of the missiles could cause controversy over concerns that it could deviate fr…

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