At the end of this article, have a look at educational audiovisual packages on China.
Japan is now discussing an air-to-ship missile that will be the first domestically manufactured fully designed in Japan that came be fired from Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets. These missiles announced by the Defense Ministry will be capable of hitting targets well out of their range – giving the JSD Air Force unites a distinct advantage. This new missile has “stand off capability” as it enables attacks from beyond the range of adversaries, which are part of the guidelines of the National Defense Program adopted by the Cabinet in December of 2018.
The new missile envisaged will have a 400 kilometer range while improvements are being made. These Japanese designed and manufactured weapons are a an answer to the Chinese Destroyer fleet that has added 15 new vessels to its fleet between 2013 and 2018. The Chinese fleet has missiles with ranges of 150 kilometers, while the Japanese air-to-ship counter weapon has a range of 400 kilometers – more or less neutralizing the Chinese threat. Mounted on a ASDF F-2 fighter jet, the short range ASM-3 missile saw completed development in 2017. Newer versions of Japanese manufactured missiles will have longer range.
If you were to have a look at out audiovisual packages that discuss China and its position in Asia, you will be able to see the chess game between China the the Japanese Navy, with support from the US, Australia and India. Have a look at China 2040, and the Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier for a full picture of China and the growing challenges in the region.