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Japan confirms development of new air-launched anti-ship missile

28 February 2020
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Japan is developing a new air-launched anti-ship missile (ASM) to arm the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's (JMSDF's) P-1 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense's (MoD's) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Agency (ATLA) confirmed to Jane's on 28 February.

The new ASM, which will be the successor to the Type 91 ASM that currently arms Japan's P-3C Orions and the P-1 aircraft, is set to be an extended-range version of the Type 12 ground-launched ASM in service with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF).

Japanese media have reported that the missile's range is expected to be extended to up to 400 km.

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