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Japan set to develop railguns to counter hypersonic missiles

Defense Ministry expects to have a bolstered intercept system by late 2020s

As China, North Korea and Russia make hypersonic weapon advances, Japan has been researching the basic technologies behind railguns. (Photo courtesy of The Japanese Ministry of Defense)

TOKYO -- The Japanese Defense Ministry will develop a means to intercept hostile missiles using magnetically powered projectiles, sources told Nikkei Asia, as the nation scurries to respond to the hypersonic weapons being developed by China, North Korea and Russia.

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