Japan is in the midst of a significant missile development and procurement program as a part of its ‘counterstrike’ doctrine against rising challenges from China and North Korea.
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Also, its hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) has a scramjet engine and is presently undergoing ground testing, according to one of its top defense scientists, who spoke at a defense exhibition.
It approved a $320 billion defense budget in December 2022 to develop 2000 to 3000 km-range cruise, ballistic, hypersonic missiles, and glide vehicles that can reach parts of China and North Korea.
Japan’s new national security and defense strategies view China as the “greatest strategic challenge,” North Korea a “graver, more imminent threat than before,” and Russia a “serious security concern.”
Purposed at deterring an enemy attack by targeting its military bases before they hit Japan, the country is developing a hypersonic glide weapon; conducting general research into hypersonic weapons; developing a longer-range variant with of its Type-12 Ship-to-Ship Missile (SSM); developing a multipurpose cruise missile with interchangeable warheads and; buying thousands of the Norwegian Joint Strike Missiles (JSM), the US-made AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and Tomahawk cruise missiles.
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The Norwegian and American missiles that are to meant to fill the gap left until the upgraded Type-12 SSM is developed and enters service by mid-2026, are themselves stuck in US techno-legal weapons sales processes.
Moreover, Japan also needs other airborne and space-based sensors like satellites “to help set targets, guide the (Tomahawk) missiles and assess the results of any strike,” defense analysts were quoted in a report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
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