A Marine Corps pilot prepares for a vertical landing of Lockheed Martin F-35B stealth fighter aboard the USS Wasp amphibious assault carrier during their operation in the waters off Japan’s southernmost island of Okinawa. Photo: Reuters

US plans to conduct first missile drill near divisive Okinawa base, countering China’s ballistic weapons

  • The drill would reportedly involve a mobile rocket launcher seen as a countermeasure to potential attacks from Chinese surface-to-sea ballistic missiles
  • China’s military build-up has unnerved Asian neighbours, with Japan’s defence chief last year saying China was ‘unilaterally escalating’ activities
Topic |   Japan

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A Marine Corps pilot prepares for a vertical landing of Lockheed Martin F-35B stealth fighter aboard the USS Wasp amphibious assault carrier during their operation in the waters off Japan’s southernmost island of Okinawa. Photo: Reuters
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