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USAF Japan Base Gets New BMD Infomation System

The Misawa air base Friendship park in Japan.
by Martin Sieff
UPI Senior News Analyst
Washington (UPI) March 07, 2007
A U.S. air base in Japan will be operating with a new missile information processing system for ballistic missile defense this summer. The new mobile information processing system for ballistic missile defense operations should be up and running at the Misawa air base in the Aomori Prefecture by mid-2007, the Kyodo news agency reported Saturday. The new system "picks up and analyzes satellite data on ballistic missile launches," the Kyodo report said, citing what it called "local sources."

Kyodo noted that the Misawa base is used both by the U.S. Air Force and by Japan's Air Self-Defense Force.

The report noted that the Aomori Prefecture was already a center for BMD-related installations as a U.S. X-band radar was set up at another Japanese air base there at Tsugaru last year.

"The strengthening of ballistic missile defense is stirring concerns among locals," the Kyodo report said.

The new system is known as the Joint Tactical Ground Station, or JTAGS, Kyodo said. It involves using "a vehicle with information processing machines and three satellite antennas," the Japanese news agency said.

JTAGS "is designed to receive data signaling the launch of a ballistic missile from early-warning satellites, analyze the projected impact location of the missile and convey the information to the U.S. military and the Defense Ministry," the report said.

Source: United Press International

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