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UPDATE: Japan, UK advance missile development project

28 November 2017

Japan and the United Kingdom have progressed their joint programme to undertake research and development (R&D) of a new air-to-air missile, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera has confirmed.

In comments reported by the Japan Ministry of Defense (MoD) on 24 November Onodera said the programme, which has been continuing for several years, will transition to a prototype stage in 2018 following which the two countries will step up the pace of development to include trials and evaluations of the new missile.

A decision on whether to build and deploy the missile could be made in the early 2020s, he said.

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