Japan has completed development of its first domestically designed supersonic air-to-ship missile, according to a 7 January report by The Mainichi newspaper.
Known as the ASM-3, the radar-guided missile is set to enter series production in Fiscal Year 2019, said the report, adding that development of the weapon was completed at the end of last year.
The ASM-3 was jointly developed by the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries as a successor to Japan's Type 93 series of missiles, according to Jane's Weapons: Air-Launched .
The missile, which has an estimated top speed of Mach 3 and a maximum range of 200 km, is expected to be primarily carried by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's (JASDF's) F-2 multirole fighter aircraft.
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