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PAC-3 units deployed in Chugoku, Shikoku

The Yomiuri Shimbun

PAC-3 guided missile units are deployed at the Kochi Camp of the Ground Self-Defense Force in Konan, Kochi Prefecture on Saturday.

The Yomiuri ShimbunIn preparation for North Korea’s possible firing of ballistic missiles toward Guam, the Defense Ministry deployed surface-to-air Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) guided missiles at Ground Self-Defense Force camps in four prefectures in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions on Saturday.

As the trajectory of North Korean missiles fired toward Guam means they would fly over the four prefectures if they were launched, the ministry is preparing for a state of emergency to mitigate a scenario in which shells or debris land in these regions.

Trucks carrying equipment for PAC-3 units arrived at the GSDF’s Kochi Camp in Kochi Prefecture at around 2:45 a.m. Soon after, vehicles carrying the launchers arrived and GSDF personnel checked the equipment. PAC-3 units were also deployed at GSDF camps in Matsuyama; Izumo, Shimane Prefecture; and Kaitaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Friday issued an order to destroy North Korean missiles. A destruction order has been in place since August last year. However, because PAC-3 deployment locations have changed, the order was issued anew on procedural grounds.Speech

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