Japan to increase long-range strike capability with JASSM-ER cruise missile

By Defence Industry Europe

Tokyo intends to procure a long-range cruise missiles to enhance its precision strike capability. Washington recently approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of state-of-the-art AGM-158B/B-2 JASSM-ER standoff missiles to Japan.

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the possible future contract covering the JASSM-ER missile and related equipment could be valued at USD 104 million.
Japan has requested to buy 50 AGM-158B/B-2 JASSM-ER missiles.

 

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The USD 104 million, in addition to the missiles themselves, also includes modules protecting the missiles against GPS jamming systems, training missiles, as well as a supply of spare parts and a logistics package.

“The proposed sale will improve Japan’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing stand-off capability via advanced, long-range strike systems for employment on Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) fighter aircraft, including but not limited to the F-15J. Japan will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces,” DSCA said in a press release.

 

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JASSM-ER missiles are manufactured by American defence giant Lockheed Martin.

The plans to purchase JASSM missiles are part of the modernization plans of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces, and more specifically the Japanese Air Force, which in the future are to be a long-range weapon of two types of aircraft: F-15J Eagle and F-35 Lightning II.

 

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