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Japan deploys SAM, ASM batteries to Miyakojima Island

26 March 2020
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The Japanese Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed on 26 March that the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has deployed surface-to-air and anti-ship missile batteries along with about 340 troops to Miyakojima Island in Okinawa Prefecture to bolster the country’s defence capabilities amid China’s growing assertiveness near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea.

It is unclear how many batteries have been deployed to Camp Miyakojima but a JGSDF spokesperson told Jane’s that a unit of about 180 troops will be in charge of guarding and operating an improved version of the Type-03 (also known as the ‘Chū-SAM Kai’) medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

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