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Report: US, Japan Eye Joint Missile Radar Development Project

The U.S. looks to incorporate Japanese-made semiconductors into radar systems that would help increase the Aegis missile defense system’s detection range, Nikkei Asian Review reported Friday.

The report said a possible U.S.-Japan project that could begin with research, followed by preparation for a mass production of radars with components such as  Mitsubishi Electric‘s gallium nitride chips.

The collaboration would represent the first joint military technology project between the two countries since 2014.

Japan’s Aegis-equipped naval ships employ the Lockheed Martin-made SPY-1 radar and the U.S. Navy intends to update its fielded missile defense system with the Raytheon-made SPY-6 radar.

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