Japan’s Ministry of Defense has announced significant plans to modernise its guided missile capability in a contract with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
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The 6 April contract will promote mass production of high-velocity glide ammunition for island defence at a reported cost of AUD$4.2 billion, after it was announced in a Ministry statement on 11 April.
Japan has also detailed plans for mass production of the Type 12 surface-to-ship guided missiles to begin in 2023, deployment of troops immediately, with missile delivery expected in 2026 and 2027.
Mass production of high-velocity glide missiles for island defence will begin in fiscal year 2023 in order to deploy troops as soon as possible. Delivery is also expected in 2026 and 2027.
Development of long-range submarine-launched guided missiles will be from 2023 to 2027. Type 12 enhanced type surface-to-ship guided missile will continue development until 2027.
All modernisation programs will work in line with the Defense Buildup Program approved in December 2022.
The country is also attending the Defense Trilateral Talks with the US and the Republic of Korea officials at the US Department of Defense on 14 April.