Japan Deploys Patriot Missiles To Shoot Down North Korean Rockets

Tyler Durden's picture

Following North Korea's threat on Wednesday to fire ballistic missiles over Japan toward Guam, it was only a matter of time before Japan - which overnight said it has the authority to shoot down any such projectile above its territory - took appropriate steps, and according to the Nikkei, the Japanese government is starting to deploy Patriot missile interceptors in its western regions ahead of a North Korean launch.

The move comes after the North Korean military said it is developing a plan to fire intermediate-range missiles into waters 30km to 40km off the coast of Guam, and elaborated that the rockets would fly over parts of Japan and Patriot batteries would likely be positioned in those parts of Japan mentioned by North Korea. The KCNA report mentioned Shimane, Hiroshima and Kochi prefectures in the western regions of Chugoku and Shikoku. Shimane is the closest to North Korea, lying on the Sea of Japan. Kochi would represent the last big land area before the missiles reach the Pacific Ocean.

The Hwasong-12 rockets to be launched by the KPA will cross the sky above Shimane, Hiroshima and Koichi Prefectures of Japan. They will fly 3356.7 km for 1065 seconds and hit the waters 30 to 40 km away from Guam.

According to Nikkei, "Japan will consider exercising the right to collective self-defense by shooting them down."

"We will consider various factors and take the necessary measures," Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters Thursday when asked about the possibility of Patriot interceptors being deployed in regions under the missiles' expected path.

As the Nikkei adds, Japan's two-tiered missile defense system consists of the sea-based Standard Missile-3, which targets incoming missiles at the peak of their trajectory, and the land-based Patriot Advanced Capability-3, which targets them as they fall.

Currently, Japan's Air Self-Defense Force has PAC-3 batteries in about 15 locations across the country, none of them in Chugoku or Shikoku. The ground-transportable interceptors would likely be moved into those regions from nearby ASDF bases.

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BaBaBouy's picture

N'Udder MIC Contract, Moar $$$$$'s ...

Oldwood's picture

After Godzilla and Mothra this should be no big deal for Japan.

Honey-Badger's picture

All Wars Are Bankers Wars



WAR IS A RACKET 1935 Gen. Smedley Butler- Chapter One: War is a Racket


pods's picture

Aren't those Patriot missiles terrible inaccurate?  I thought that their kill rate was just above the failure rate of the Scud missiles in the Gulf war.


nuubee's picture

Am I imagining things, or did Trump just goad Kim into giving Japan every reason in the world to shoot down every missile test they do now?

Kim's regime is not stupid, but they've really pushed the bluster too far this time, they're starting to limit themselves by giving the western nations absolutely no reason to trust their actions.

Lurk Skywatcher's picture

So, Japan is going to shoot down the nuke flying overhead, which will then crash land in Japanese territory, possibly on a populated area?

Why not just let the batteries on Guam deal with it?


im-a-nut-job's picture

Or on fukashima daiichi power station.

pods's picture

Would a Patriot even be suitable to hit an ICBM as it flies over Japan?  It seems to have a service ceiling of 24km, which I think would be way too low to hit an overflight.


SilverRhino's picture

Because it is most likely land in the freakin WATER.  

Finally they can recovery the 'test nuke' and find all the really interesting parts and trace them back to China / Iran. 

Causus belli

user_name's picture

They're improved.  That was 20 years ago when we heard the innacuracy stories

tuetenueggel's picture

I was told, that their accuracy is about same as tomahawks´ on Syrian airforce shelters and base.

ROFL. Importance No 1:  MIC was payed billions for this crap.

Vatican_cameo's picture


At first the .Gov claimed 40%-79% accuracy for the Patriot.  Then Desert Storm came around and it dropped to 9%, although the Israelis say it was closer to 2% (Jews are never happy, even with free stuff).  When Sec. of Defense Cohen left office, he said they never worked at all.  It's all academic anyway.  The US Government will lie through it's teeth to start another conflict, the MIC will make a boatload of money and the Overlords will be pleased.  Nothing different from the last time (or the time before that, etc.). 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


After Godzilla and Mothra this should be no big deal for Japan.

From what I can remember, the only thing the rockets, missiles, and tanks accomplished was making Godzilla even more pissed off than he was to begin with.

I'm sure the Patriot missiles will produce equally satisfactory results.

sankol's picture

'Patriot' missiles to cook the Korean geese.

lakecity55's picture

Long Patriot factory stock

JonNadler's picture

it's already long, it can no longer get any longer

hedgeless_horseman's picture


So bullish for RTN when the USA tore up the ABM treaty.

ReturnOfDaMac's picture

Saving up some coin, I have GOT to get long Raytheon!!

Ignatius's picture

Insanity.  Negotiation and trade.

Millions of South Koreans will die if war breaks out, not to mention the North Korean people.

Bob's picture

I can't see why NK wouldn't already have people here in the US with chemical and biological agents in major metro areas just waiting for the signal. 

To imagine, as the US claims to be, that attacking another country in such a way that it wouldn't be "misinterpreted" as a hostile attack is some fucking crazy shit, afaic. 

An attack is an attack, an act of war.  Hey, Yankees, not worry, it only one attack for one attack, eye for eye . . . please not to misinterpret!

tuetenueggel's picture

Which idiots would move to US by their free will ?

edotabin's picture

Unfortunately, millions of North Koreans would consider a moldy basement an upgrade.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Insanity. Negotiation and trade.

Millions of South Koreans will die if war breaks out, not to mention the North Korean people."

You forgot 300 million Americans that will also die via Russian Federation and PRC "proxy" missiles!


This one is for the whole enchilada I'm afraid if "Rabid Dog" & pals at DOD and Langley decide to take "a nibble" on that one which will result in dentures for many "teeth" North, South, East and West!!!

CheapBastard's picture

And Boeing hit another all time high the other day!


"Yes we can!"

tuetenueggel's picture

What ? We never tried pissing holes in snow..............

Dr. Richard Head's picture

Correct you are - 

The Korean Armistice Agreement of 1953 brought the hostilities to a close with a cease fire. The U.S. broke the agreement in 1956:

“Paragraph 13(d) of the Armistice Agreement mandated that neither side introduce new weapons into Korea, other than piece-for-piece replacement of equipment. In September 1956 the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Radford indicated that the U.S. military intention was to introduce atomic weapons into Korea, which was agreed to by the U.S. National Security Council and President Eisenhower.[34] However paragraph 13(d) prevented the introduction of nuclear weapons and missiles.[35] The U.S. unilaterally abrogated paragraph 13(d), breaking the Armistice Agreement, despite concerns by United Nations allies.[36][37][38] At a meeting of the Military Armistice Commission on June 21, 1957, the U.S. informed the North Korean representatives that the United Nations Command no longer considered itself bound by paragraph 13(d) of the armistice.[39][40] In January 1958 nuclear armed Honest John missiles and 280mm atomic cannons were deployed to South Korea,[41] a year later adding nuclear armed Matador cruise missiles with the range to reach China and the Soviet Union.[37][42]”

Gohigher's picture

The USSA would never break an internationally accepted treaty!! You Lie !!

(Get back on that reservation you red devil savage !!)

Fuck the War Pigs.

I am Jobe's picture

Japs are sucking on US dicks . Maybe more Jap girls needs to be raped for htem to throw out Murika

83_vf_1100_c's picture

  Jobe was wise and faithful. You are just a nasty troll.

any_mouse's picture

Japan's mainstream rape manga/anime culture begs to differ.

two hoots's picture

MIC is always ready to create then respond to any global crisis.  Wonder if Kim is somehow financed to do this stuff? 

Oldwood's picture

All the big bucks are made on madness.

BullyDog's picture

Japan, get your tongue out of the USA mules ass.

New_Meat's picture

Doubt the DPRK ballistic flight path and the Pats engagement envelope have any intersection above Japan

cherry picker's picture

Why is Japan using 3rd world technology when Russia's S400 system is supposedly the best?

Philo Beddoe's picture

The S400 has a problem installing the new windows update.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"Why is Japan using 3rd world technology when Russia's S400 system is supposedly the best?"

Because just like Israel blowing up it's commercial nuclear power facility on 3/11/2011 and the American occupation of it since 1945 after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese are wholly owned LLC of Yankee Jewdle's "rear end"!

Too bad that "rising sun" spirit they once held 72 years ago is all gone and that they have acquiesced to the "round eyed" monster choosing sadly to to "die on their knees instead of on their feet"!

Hope I am wrong, but rinse and repeat for Germany and the rest of the EU/Brussels controlled vassal contingent!

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

When you finally wake up to realize your government(s) debts are unsustainable and the +$156 trillion and counting in "red ink" will NO LONGER find a home (even at gun point)... And the meds "Yankee Jewdle" has been on to sustain his 'high" has reached it's efficacy and just ain't workin "NO MORE"!

It's Miller Time...


aliens is here's picture

Couple of them is not going to be enough dudes. Fat boy is not going to fire them one at a time like Saddam he'll fire hundreds if not thousands. Good luck.

Philo Beddoe's picture

Yeah, it was even on TV that is how I knew it was live and unscripted.

A little to the left. No..to the right. You are getting a little to close to the microphone.

HenryHall's picture

Patriot missile? Like that's going to work (not)!

Mach 4.1 at best against a reentry vehicle from space? I don't think so.

Guam is a deception, the real targets are Okinawa and Tokyo.

HRClinton's picture

Agree that Guam is a deception.

The REAL worry is launching them from subs or fishing ships. At ANY target in the US as retribution, or as an EMP that kills our electricity for months or years.

BTW, the really big transformers come from South Korea, with a lead time of 2 years.

flacorps's picture

Wouldn't norks take those plants out first, then do the EMP?

tuetenueggel's picture

This will show world, that MIC cashes in lots of money for worthless metal scrap, mounted on trailers.

Blue Steel 309's picture

The Patriot is good at shooting down scud missiles (rockets really) that were crude 40 years ago. This is a joke.

Thordoom's picture

IF Japan had any honor and dignity left they  would threw out MIC out of their country and talk to fat boy but since they are  utter slaves  there is no help for them. They are walking into utter dissaster all for the mighty USA. I do not even think that the Tokio inferno that is waiting for them down to line will chagne thier slavery mindset. I just feel bad for Okinawa population who try to kick the assholes out of thier island while Tokio is shitting all over them.

HenryHall's picture

Agreed. Okinawa for the Okinawans. Uncle Sam should have kicked the japs out of Okinawa in 1945.