Japan considers deploying long-range missiles to counter China: report
- The projectiles, which have a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres (310 to 3,420 miles), will be deployed mainly across the Nansei Islands and Kyushu
- Japan is seeking to close the ‘missile gap’ with China, which has about 300 sea-based and 1,900 land-based missiles, according to Yomiuri
The projectiles, which have a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometres (310 to 3,420 miles), will be deployed mainly across the Nansei Islands and Kyushu, according to the article. By doing so, Japan is seeking to close the “missile gap” with China, which has about 300 sea-based and 1,900 land-based missiles, according to the newspaper.
Japan is also planning to upgrade and extend the capability of its domestically produced Type 12 surface-to-ship missile deployed by the Ground Self Defense Force to hit objects more than 1,000 kilometres away, Yomiuri reported.
The arms, launched by ships or aircraft, would be stationed mainly around the southern Nansei islands and capable of reaching the coastal areas of North Korea and China, the Yomiuri said.
Representatives from Japan’s foreign ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.
Japan, which interprets its war-renouncing post-war constitution to mean it may use its military only for self-defence, has stepped up its military spending and taken a more assertive strategy in recent years. But it has refrained from deploying long-range missiles, among its limits on weapons that can strike targets on foreign soil.