Is this Japan’s reason not to shoot North Korea Missile ? – Air raid sirens roared again in Japan today. The trigger is a North Korean missile that goes back across the country’s skyline.
While residents were shocked and ran to bunkers and shelters, the Japanese government tried hard to inform and assure that they were doing everything to protect the public.
As quoted from News.com.au on Friday, September 15, 2017, North Korea missile tests were detected at 6:59 pm Japan time. And at 7:06 am, the missile crossed the Hokkaido sky. The missile was reportedly in Japan airspace less than two minutes before it crashed into the sea at 7:16 pm.
Initial reports indicate that the missile was only 17 minutes in the air, where the medium-range missiles reached a maximum altitude of 770 kilometers and covered a distance of about 3,700 kilometers. This is characteristic of the Hwasong-12 nuclear-powered mid-range ballistic missile.
North Korea missiles detected in just a few seconds post-launch. And recently the US early warning satellite also keeps a close watch on North Korea so that their various activities are difficult to escape from the monitoring. Meanwhile, extensive radar networks are also scattered in South Korea, the Sea of Japan, and Japan itself to standby in such a moment.
Thus, any missile movement will certainly be tracked correctly.
The big question right now is why Japan is not shooting down North Korean missiles? Whereas Japan has a Patriot Advanced Capacity-3 or PAC-3 missile defense system housed in settlement centers and military complexes.
When the North’s missile also crossed the Japanese sky in August, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera explained to the public that it was not trying to shoot down the missile. The reason, the missiles are not targeted to the Japanese territory.
Another analysis, Japan and the United States deliberately refrained from observing and studying North Korean missile capabilities. However, behind it all there is a doubt the ability of the Japanese missile defense system.
Ballistic missiles fly very fast and very high. If you want to respond, it takes time as fast as lightning.
There is no time to make political decisions. There is no time for consultation with allies. All that has to be done is to shoot down missiles with other missiles.
And the speed and altitude of Hwasong-12 is thought to be beyond the capabilities of the Standards Missile 3 missile intercept system on Japanese and US shipping vessels. It is also possible that the HS-12 can not be driven by the PAC-3 placed at Chitose Air Base.
On the other hand, the risk of failure while attempting to shoot a North Korean missile will risk the credibility of US and Japanese troops.
“If they try to shoot him and fail, the consequences will be very serious, it’s a defense system where Japan has spent a lot of money and it will not look good domestically, while North Korea will think that their missiles are not touched,” Lance defense analyst Lance Gatling.
The Patriot and Standard missile defense systems currently deployed in and around Japan have advanced. However, not the latest technology. United State is known to develop SM-3 Block IIA that staying which belive can fly higher, faster, with greater accuracy. In fact, SM-3 Block IIA also failed in several trials.
Another thing that is considered quite disturbing US and allies is in August, North Korea reportedly successfully tested the first intercontinental ballistic missile. It is suspected that the missile is also beyond the reach of THAAD defense systems in South Korea and Guam.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is faced with a difficult choice in the face of North Korea’s harsh rhetoric over its missile and nuclear program. Should he rely on an unproven missile interceptor system to protect his nation or consider something far more extreme?
In recent months, the Japanese government has debated the need to modify the constitution that allows the country to launch a pre-emptive strike.
Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution is a clause in the National Constitution of Japan which prohibits the conduct of war by the state. This Constitution came into force on May 3, 1947, ie immediately after the completion of World War II.