Japan Mulls Introduction of Long-Range Cruise Missiles (News)


Tokyo, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government is considering introducing cruise missiles with a range of over 900 kilometers, informed sources said Tuesday.

Possible candidates include the US-made Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range, the sources said.

The government is expected to earmark research costs for introducing long-range cruise missiles in its budget for fiscal 2018, which starts next April.

Long-range cruise missiles can be launched from areas outside the reach of enemy radar systems.

Japan needs such a device to defend its remote islands, a senior government official said.

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