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Japanese MoD confirms plans to acquire stand-off missiles amid ‘severe’ security environment

31 January 2020
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Japanese Ministry of Defense (MoD) officials have confirmed Tokyo's plans to acquire the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and the AGM-158C Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) to meet a requirement for air-launched stand-off missiles for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's (JASDF's) multirole fighter aircraft.

Speaking to Jane's in Tokyo on 27 January, an MoD official said that Tokyo is intending to procure these weapons from the United States "as soon as possible" for fitment onto JASDF F-15J Eagle fighters to enhance the platform's capabilities to effectively counter attacks at longer ranges.

According to Jane's Air-Launched Weapons, both the JASSM-ER and LRASM have a maximum range of 926 km, allowing them to strike ground and naval targets at stand-off ranges.

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