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Defense Ministry to procure new air-to-surface missiles

  • December 6, 2017
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All papers reported that the Defense Ministry has decided to earmark funds in FY2018 for procuring new air-to-surface missiles for the purpose of taking back remote islands occupied by an enemy during a contingency. The Joint Strike Missile (JSM), which is currently being developed by a Norway-led consortium, will be mounted on ASDF F-35s, and the Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) will be loaded on F-15s, which will need to be modified for the new missiles.

 

While noting that Japan’s deterrence against North Korea will be enhanced considerably as a result of the planned procurement, the dailies said due to their high performance enabling them to hit targets from a distance of 1,000 km, the new missiles will technically enable the nation to strike enemy bases, which is prohibited under the war-renouncing Constitution. Nikkei added that the GOJ is hoping that the Trump administration will be pleased with Japan’s purchase of these missiles since the JASSM-ER is manufactured by Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon is involved in the production of the JSM.  

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