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Japan developing hypersonic glide weapon to defend remote islands

27 September 2018

Japan is developing a hypersonic glide weapon to bolster the defence capabilities of the country’s remote islands, a spokesman at the Ministry of Defense’s (MoD’s) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) told Jane’ s on 27 September.

Known as the Hyper Velocity Gliding Projectile (HVGP), the weapon is being designed to be launched using a rocket, with the projectile (glide vehicle) separating from it at high altitude and then gliding at hypersonic speed to its target. The HVGP, which is set to be guided using an inertial navigation system (INS) aided by GPS, will be developed in two variants (Block I and Block II), with Block II featuring higher speed and manoeuvrability, according to the ATLA.

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