Japan to equip its warplanes with long-range cruise missiles
The Government of Japan is considering mounting air-to-ground cruise missiles on national Air Self-Defense Forces’ fighters to protect against the North Korean threat, as reported by the newspaper, Asahi.
It is noted that the associated research costs will be included in the fiscal 2018 budget plan (which starts on April 1, 2018). According to the newspaper’s source, the government is especially interested in the acquisition of Lockheed Martin Corp’s JASSM air-to-ground missile which has a range of 900 kilometers.
At present, Japan does not have weapons that could, for example, strike at ground bases in the territory of another state. The …read more