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Japan and US to sharpen missile defense with real-time data sharing

New ships and planes coming after 2020 to feature combat system link

Japan's newest Aegis-equipped destroyer, Maya, which enters into service in 2020, will be able to share radar data to intercept missiles it cannot detect on its own. (Photo by Masamichi Hoshi)

TOKYO -- Japan will adopt a system in 2020 that allows its defense forces to simultaneously share information on enemy missiles with the U.S. military, enabling the allies to better track and destroy them.

Cooperative engagement capability, or CEC, is already used by America's armed forces to see what each other sees. Currently, even Japanese ships equipped with the Aegis missile defense system can shoot down missiles only after they are visible on their own radar. CEC will integrate Japanese forces into the U.S. military's radar and sensor network.

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