The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command has been quoted by various national media outlets as saying he will push for the deployment of the Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system to Guam to bolster the defense of the island from Chinese missiles.
The Aegis Ashore is the land-based component of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which provides missile defense against short to intermediate-range ballistic missiles.
According to NHK, Admiral Philip Davidson told reporters on Tuesday that he believes adversaries of the United States would have made enough technological advances by 2026 to defeat the current US missile defense systems.
“I will say that my number one priority and the most important action we can take to rapidly and fully implement the National Defense Strategy as a first step is a 360-degree persistent and integrated air-defense capability in Guam. What I call the Homeland Defense System Guam,” National Defense quoted Davidson as saying.
An Aegis Ashore air defense system for Guam could be delivered in 2026, if funding is approved in fiscal 2021, Aviation Weekly reported.