1st Published Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The Tokyo newspaper said it had received access to a draft plan for ballistic missile defense drawn up by the secretariat of the Japanese government's headquarters for space development strategy. The report calls for an assessment on the value of deploying an early warning satellite that could monitor any potentially hostile missile launch.
"While many question the need to go ahead with the GX development project, (this plan) is -tantamount to approving it," one official told the newspaper.
The GX will move further in the direction of a space rocket as it is projected to weigh 210 tons and has a liquid fuel upper stage.
Shorter Range Missiles
Inertial guidance + active radar homing
Deployment - Type 88 SSM = 320 (?), Type 90 (SSM-1B) = About 40 as of 1994.