Japan begins testing air-launched variant of latest anti-ship missile

Defence Blog

The Japan Maritime Self-Protection Drive (JMSDF) has begun testing the improved model of the Kind-12 surface-to-ship missile in an air-launched configuration designed for the P-1 maritime patrol plane.

Based on a number of media stories, a P-1 patrol plane geared up with 4 modernized air-based Kind-12 missiles made its first check flight from the Naval Air Facility Atsugi on February 10, 2020.

The improved air-launched variant of the most recent Kind 12 anti-ship missile has a most vary of over 300 km. It’s also reported that the Kawasaki P-1 anti-submarine patrol plane will be capable to carry as much as eight Kind 12 anti-ship missiles.

The Kind 12 options INS with mid-course GPS steerage and higher precision because of enhanced Terrain Contour Matching and goal discrimination capabilities. The weapon is networked, the place preliminary and mid-course focusing on might be supplied by different platforms, and likewise boasts shorter reload instances, diminished lifecycle prices.

Specialists affiliate Tokyo’s intention to create a brand new anti-ship missile with the abruptly elevated exercise of PLA air forces and China’s coast guard ships, continuously invading Japan’s airspace and territorial waters over current months.

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