Hanabusa Blocks Missile Defense for Hawaii | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Hanabusa Blocks Missile Defense for Hawaii

The Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense system, considered the most advanced in the world, is a working prototype of the facility operationalized in Romania and the one to be deployed to Poland next year. Its activation offers an immediate, low-cost defense against North Korean missiles given its infrastructure is already in place.

But Hanabusa said operationalizing Aegis Ashore on Kauai would interfere with PMRF's missile testing and compromise the military's relationship with the local community. The base serves as a major employer on the island.

Harris, however, told Congress the activation of Aegis Ashore would have no impact on the site's missile testing mission.

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