Japan ramps up its defences with record budget

A Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) is launched from the Aegis cruiser USS Lake Erie. Japan is looking to acquire the new type SM-3 Block IIA interceptor missiles, and also Aegis Ashore units. Credit: US Navy.



  • lightning II stealth fighter
  • osprey transport aircraft
  • patriot missile
  • SM-3 missile
  • shinzo abe