TOKYO, (BM) – Japanese sources report that Tokyo is starting a process of developing new long-range anti-ship missiles, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. According to publications in the Japanese press, the plan was already approved by the Japanese government. The new Japanese anti-ship missiles will be designed to be launched both from land and from ships and aircraft. Japanese media claim that the Japanese government decided only a few days ago – on December 14.
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According to a Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi statement, new long-range anti-ship missiles are necessary because the Japanese defense must comply with the enemy’s systems. He is referring mainly to the enemy’s early warning systems. Their improvement and upgrading is quite a solution for the development of new Japanese technology in this area. According to sources from the Ministry of Defense of Japan, the government will try to provide an additional $ 322 million for this purpose.
At this stage, the Japanese defense forces have diverse coastal systems and anti-ship missiles. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries developed in the distant 2012 anti-ship missile type-12, which is currently in service. The same company is also a supplier of older missile systems, such as the Type-88, manufactured in the 1980s.
The anti-ship missile Type-12 is fired from a truck and has a range of up to 200 km. The rocket has a built-in GPS navigation system integrated with inertial navigation. According to Japanese sources, this type of missile has good targeting accuracy.
The Type-88 is also an anti-ship missile fired from a truck. The range of this anti-ship missile is smaller than the Type-12 – up to 180 km. It flies at subsonic speeds and carries up to 225 kg warhead. It is firing from three rows of trigger tubes mounted on the truck.
10 years later: Russia, China, USA and Japan will hold joint naval exercises
The Russian Naval Forces ships will conduct exercises with NATO countries off Pakistan’s coast for the first time in ten years, as we reported in December this year.
“In the exercise AMAN-2021, in addition to the ships of the Pakistani Navy and the Russian Navy, the US Navy, the Royal Navy of Great Britain, the Navy of the People’s Republic of China, the Naval Self-Defense Forces of Japan, the Navy of the Turkish Republic, the Philippine Navy, the Royal Malaysian Navy, The Sri Lankan Navy and the Indonesian Navy,” RIA Novosti quotes a message from the press service of the fleet.
The initiators of working out joint actions were the Pakistani Navy, whose territory an international exercise will take place in February 2021. Representatives of more than 30 countries confirmed their participation in the activities, of which about ten use their ship crew, and the rest send official observers. The Russian Navy will participate by a frigate, a patrol ship, a rescue tug, a Marine Corps unit, a mine clearance squad, and a sea-based helicopter.
According to the Russian fleet, the goals of the AMAN-2021 exercises are to strengthen and develop military cooperation between the participating countries in the interests of security and stability at sea and the exchange of experience between naval sailors. The last time ships of the Russian Navy operated together with NATO ships in 2011 off Spain’s coast as part of the exercise “Bold Monarch.”
Japan will have ‘invisible’ missiles for their fifth-generation F-35 fighters
Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace announced that it had signed a contract with Japan worth NOK 820 million [USD 74.5 million] for the supply of JSM [Joint Strike Missile] missiles for the 5th generation F-35A Lightning II machines, as we reported on December 5. The parties did not provide information on the number of missiles to be delivered.
In November 2019, the Japanese government ordered the first batch of missiles worth $ 49.5 million. The first JSMs are to reach the recipient in April 2021. The new contract from December 1, 2020, increases the total value of Japanese JSM missiles to over USD 124 million. In this way, Japan used the option of additional purchases included in the contract of November last year. With the estimated price of the missile at around USD 1.5 million, this means a total of over 80 rockets.
The purchase of many JSM missiles is part of a more comprehensive program because Japan will be the second user of the 5th generation Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft after the US, with a fleet of 147 machines. Tokyo also acquires weapon systems such as the latest generation air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles along with the fighters. Japan is also planning, among others develop airborne hypersonic missiles and other types of own weapons. Until Japan launched missile production, the solution is, for example, the JSM maneuvering missiles designed to fit into the internal armament chamber of the F-35.
Using the JSM missile, the range of which can reach 400 km, the F-35 aircraft can maintain a safe distance by hitting a ground or surface target, even if it is heavily defended. JSM uses NSM proven passive guidance, detection, and identification systems. The navigation system allows a low altitude flight to optimize the chance of reaching your destination. In the terminal phase of flight, the missile, built under the requirements of the reduced detectability [stealth] technology, can maneuver with high overloads to avoid being hit by the enemy’s air defense systems.
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