The deployment of new missile systems to enhance security for the Tokyo Olympics, although this sporting event has now been moved to next year.

PAC-3 missile defense system
PAC-3 missile defense system

The Alert 5 page of June 14, 2020 reports that Japan has just completed the deployment of PAC-3 MSE missiles at four bases in the country between March and June.

According to General Yoshinari Marumo of the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force, these bases include Narashino, Hamamatsu, Ashiya and Tsuiki.

The deployment of the new missiles is expected to take place just before the Tokyo Olympics, according to an earlier estimate of July 24. However, this sporting event was postponed to the following summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earlier in October 2019, the Japanese Ministry of Defense announced it would deploy an upgraded version of the PAC-3 rocket in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The deployment of this air defense system in the capital region will be conducted sooner than elsewhere.

The Ministry of Defense said the deployment is aimed at ensuring the security of the capital on the occasion of the Olympics and protecting the country against any threats such as ballistic missiles, UAVs and hostile aircrafts.

PAC-3 has a range of about 40 km, mainly used to intercept ballistic missiles in the final phase. The upgraded system is said to double the range.

The Japanese air defense force has 4 units at the bases of Chiba, Kanagawa, Ibaraki and Saitama equipped with PAC-3 missiles. According to Kyodo, the UK also deployed air defense systems in London at the 2012 Olympics.

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