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.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]