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GOJ studying possibility of equipping MSDF submarines with long-range cruise missiles 

  • December 30, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri gave top play to a report saying that according to multiple GOJ sources, the GOJ is examining the possibility of equipping the MSDF’s submarines with domestically produced long-range cruise missiles capable of attacking targets on land. The paper said the missiles are expected to be regarded as defense equipment that demonstrates Japan’s “capability to attack enemy bases.” The daily added that by equipping the submarines, which are difficult for enemies to detect, with the ability to strike back, the GOJ is hoping to strengthen Japan’s deterrence. The deployment would probably take place in the second half of the 2020s or later. 

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