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Japan’s security circumstances prompt it to introduce longer-range missiles

17th April 2023 - 23:44 GMT | by Koji Miyake in Tokyo


This is the current Type 12 anti-ship missile launcher, with the missile now being enhanced to improve range and speed. (Photo: Koji Miyake)

With growing threats such as China and North Korean missiles, Japan is developing long-range, standoff missiles to enhance its deterrence posture.

The Japanese MoD announced a JPY378.1 billion ($2.8 billion) contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on 11 April, covering several types of long-range missiles.

It includes the development and mass production of the capability-enhanced Type 12 anti-ship missile (12SSM), the production of a hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV), and the development of a submarine-launched missile.

The improved 12SSM is a significant improvement over the current version, including large deployable main wings, conversion of a jet engine to a turbofan, change in overall shape to reduce radar cross-section, and a data link that connects to GPS satellites and AEW aircraft.

The 12SSM’s maximum

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Koji Miyake


Koji Miyake

Koji Miyake is a Tokyo-based writer.

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