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New anti-ship missile for Japan’s Self Defence Force

2nd September 2013 - 13:54 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Tokyo

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A new land-based anti-ship missile – known as the Type 12 surface-to-ship missile (12SSM) – has been unveiled by the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force (JGSDF).

The truck-mounted 12SSM was on display at the Fuji Firepower demonstration on 25 August and the JGSDF hopes the system will enter service in FY2016. The 12SSM is in low-rate initial production with two produced so far with a further four funded in FY2013.

Early variants have been operated by the JGSDF Fuji School and it is expected that the 12SSM will offer improvements upon the existing Type 88 SSM that entered service in 1991

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Gordon Arthur was the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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