Japan is set to acquire medium-range, air-launched cruise missiles, “capable of striking North Korea,” according to Japanese DM Itsunori Onodera. Onodera added that the new missiles “would be for defense,” as Japan would still rely on the US to strike any enemy bases.
The Joint Strike Missile (JSM) will be mounted on F-35A stealth fighters as “stand-off” missiles that “can be fired beyond the range of enemy threats,” Onodera said.
Japan is also looking to mount Lockheed Martin Corp’s extended-range Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER) on their F-15’s. The JSM, designed by Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace, has a range of 500km (310miles), and the JASSM-ER can hit targets 1,000km (621miles) away.
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