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Japan cool on long-range missile reports

06 December 2017

Japan is conducting studies about the missile capabilities required to boost national security but it has not yet adopted a policy to equip its fighter aircraft with long-range precision air-launched missiles that could strike North Korean missile sites, Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said on 5 December.

Citing unidentified sources, the Reuters news agency earlier reported that the Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) will consider the procurement of missiles including Lockheed Martin’s AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile – Extended Range (JASSM-ER) system and the Joint Strike Missile (JSM) produced by Norway’s Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace.

According to the report, the MoD will seek funding in the defence budget of fiscal year 2018, which commences in April 2018, to assess whether these systems can be fired from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s Boeing F-15J Eagle fighter aircraft.

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