Japan to Develop Long-Range Anti-Ship Missle

Japan announced that it will develop a new long-range missile as tensions in the East-China sea worsens.

Japan announced that it will develop a new long-range missile as tensions in the  East-China sea worsens.

The new “stand-off” anti-ship missiles can reportedly strike enemy warships at greater distances around its southwestern Okinawa island chain including the Sankaku islands.

Japan said its new standoff missile will be based on an existing 200-km (124-mile) range truck-mounted anti-ship system stationed in Okinawa. 

The missiles could allow Japan to expand utilize a strategy known as anti-access area denial (A2AD) to stop foreign forces from operating freely in waters close to its home territory or around disputed islands.

“The security environment around our southwestern islands has become harsh. We have to respond to that in an appropriate way,” Japanese Minister of Defence Nobuo Kishi.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told clarified that Japan had no intention of attacking enemy bases once it acquires the missiles along with two Aegis cruisers.

The development of the said standoff missiles would cost around 33.5 billion yen (324 million U.S. dollars) and would take five years to develop and manufacture. 

Although the launching platform for the missiles was not specified, the plan for the development mentions that it could be launched from numerous platforms, including ships and aircraft.


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