Ballistic missile defense coming along
Japan to be part of US missile project - Breaking News - World - Breaking News
: "Japan is ready to design a nosecone for an interceptor missile in a joint project with the US to develop a ballistic missile defence system, a news report said.
The two nations are expected to soon decide on the matter and include it in a joint development agreement to be concluded possibly by the end of the year, Kyodo News agency said.
The project involves a larger and upgraded version of the Standard Missile-3 interceptor to be deployed on an Aegis vessel to defend against ballistic missiles."