Japan developing new anti-ship missile with 2000 km range – A new anti-ship missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers, Type 12 has been extended to 1,500 kilometers.
Japan developing new anti-ship missile with 2000 km range
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – On April 28, it was learned that a new type of anti-ship missile being researched and developed by the Japanese government will have a range of about 2,000 kilometers. If deployed, it will be the longest-range missile in the Self-Defense Forces’ arsenal.
In addition, it was learned that a proposal to extend the range of the Type 12 surface-to-ship guided missiles operated by the Ground Self-Defense Force to 1,500 kilometers in the future has been floated.
By developing a long-range missile that can be called a “domestic Tomahawk,” the government aims to strengthen the SDF’s deterrent capability. The new anti-ship guided missile will be used as defense equipment.
The Defense Acquisition Agency began research on the new anti-ship missile in fiscal 2008 and has allocated a total of 10.5 billion yen by fiscal 2020, with plans to develop a prototype by fiscal 2022 and conduct performance tests during the same year.
It has a range of about 2,000 kilometers, and even a ground launch from Japan would put it within range of China and North Korea.
It will also pursue stealth capability to reduce detection by radar and high mobility to prevent interception by the enemy through complex movements. In addition to the ground launch, it will be able to be launched from ships and aircraft.
The extension of the range of the Type 12 surface-to-ship guided missile was decided at a cabinet meeting on the 18th of this month.
The range of the Type 12 surface-to-ship guided missiles will be extended from about 200 kilometers to about 900 kilometers for the time being, but the final target is 1,500 kilometers.
In 2009, the government decided to acquire the Norwegian-made JSM (with a range of 500 km) to be installed on the F35 fighter jets and the US-made JASSM and LRASM (both with a range of 900 km) to be installed on the F15 fighter jets.
The range of the new anti-ship guided missile and the Type 12 is much greater than these and comparable to that of the U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile, which is said to have a range of more than 1,600 kilometers.
The government explains the introduction of long-range missiles as a way to “ensure the safety of SDF personnel while effectively blocking an attack by an opponent.
Having missiles with a longer range than the range of the opponent’s missiles is intended to make it easier to deal with situations, and is mainly intended for island defense.
If deployed in the Southwest Islands, a missile with a range of 1,500 kilometers would be within range of Pyongyang, and a missile with a range of 2,000 kilometers would be within range of Beijing.
If North Korea and China recognize the SDF’s long-range missiles as an “enemy base attack capability,” it could have the effect of discouraging them from attacking Japan.