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Under a new missile defense agreement with the U.S., Japan will deploy an X-band radar system that will bring it the advanced targeting discrimination technology needed to detect slow-moving, stealthy cruise missiles, besides the ballistic missile threats it already is planning to meet.
The pact, signed Oct. 29 at a meeting of top U.S. and Japanese defense and foreign affairs officials in Washington, is part of a defense package that will see a drawdown of U.S. forces in Japan even as joint planning by the two militaries grows closer.
With active electronically scanned array (AESA) technology, the X-band radars are more sensitive for long-range target discrimination, especially against low-flying cruise missiles emerging from a background of sea clutter. AESA shows promise as a system not only to detect but also to direct destructive energy against cruise missiles and other technology
X Band Radar