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Japan to acquire longer range cruise missile

  • December 2, 2021
  • , Nikkei
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Nikkei gave top coverage to the Defense Ministry’s plan to extend the range of a cruise missile that is currently under development to about 1,000 km in order to enhance deterrence amid the intense missile race in the Asia-Pacific region, which the daily referred to as a “powder keg.” According to the paper, the Type 12 surface-to-ship missile with a range of about 150 km currently produced by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will be redesigned as a longer-range cruise missile and its prototype will be developed in FY2026. A separate variant for fighter jets will also be developed in FY2028. The daily said the ministry decided to extend the missile’s range in response to growing U.S. concern about China’s rapid deployment of longer-range missiles capable of reaching Japan or Guam, adding that Beijing is bound to react sharply to Tokyo’s moves to enhance Japan’s missile capabilities, including the proposed possession of capabilities to strike enemy bases.

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