The new Japanese ships will join a reinvigorated Japanese fleet that includes some of the best submarines in the world and a new pair of aircraft carriers.
- The two 20,000-ton super-destroyers should help to protect Japan from ballistic missile attacks from China and North Korea.
- The ships will likely carry the Raytheon-made SPY-6 Air and Missile Defence Radar (AMDR), currently fitted to the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class destroyers.
- Japan’s proximity to North Korea and China is forcing Japan to expand its defences.
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