|Builder:||Mitsubishi Heavy Industries|
|Laid down:||8 May 1990|
|Launched:||26 September 1991|
|Commissioned:||25 March 1993|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Kongō-class destroyer|
|Length:||528.2 ft (161.0 m)|
|Beam:||68.9 ft (21.0 m)|
|Draft:||20.3 ft (6.2 m)|
|Speed:||30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph)|
|Range:||4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km; 5,200 mi) at 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)|
|NOLQ-2 intercept / jammer|
|Aviation facilities:||1 × SH-60K helicopter|
She was laid down by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Nagasaki, Nagasaki on 8 May 1990, launched on 26 September 1991; and commissioned on 25 March 1993. Kongō was the first ship outside of the United States to feature the Aegis integrated weapon system.
Ballistic missile defense
In December 2007, Japan conducted a successful test of the SM-3 block IA against a ballistic missile aboard Kongō. This was the first time a Japanese ship was selected to launch the interceptor missile during a test of the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System. In previous tests they provided tracking and communications.
- "First successful Japanese test for the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System". Gizmag. Retrieved 2015-06-01.
Following a decision made in December 2003, Japan is upgrading their Kongo Class Destroyers with Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense capability. The upgrade involves a series of installations and flight tests to take place from 2007 to 2010. JS Kongo was the first ship to have the BMD upgrade installed.
- Agence France-Presse. Japan shoots down test missile in space: defence minister. Accessed December 23, 2007.
- MDA press release. 17 December 2007.
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