Japan is working on a project to develop new military ships equipped with missile defence systems to counter ballistic missiles.
Furthermore, it is planning to develop new military ships of the “ASEV” class equipped with missile defence systems to counter both missiles and airborne threats.
Japan aims to obtain these ships as a means to protect itself against potential ballistic missile attacks and as an alternative to the scrapped Aegis Ashore ground defence system deployed in the country in 2020.
These ships will be equipped with platforms for launching Japanese Type-12 anti-ship missiles.
There are also plans to equip them with Glide Phase Interceptor systems, which can engage hypersonic targets, currently under development in the United States.