Japan intends to deploy a missile with a range of 2,000 km by the early 2030s and a 3,000 km hypersonic missile with a range that can reach China, North Korea.
Tokyo: The Japanese Ministry of Defense is planning to develop a number of long-range missiles with a maximum range of roughly 3,000 kilometres (1,860 miles) and hopes to deploy them in the 2030s, it was stated by Kyodo News on Saturday.
According to Kyodo, the government intends to deploy a missile with a range of 2,000 km by the early 2030s and a 3,000 km hypersonic missile with a range that can reach any location in North Korea and some areas of China by 2035.
As regional tensions and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine fuel war worries, Japan this month launched its largest military buildup since World War Two with a $320 billion plan that will buy missiles capable of striking China and prepare it for sustained battle.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, said Japan and its people are experiencing a “turning point in history.” The ramp up is “my response to the numerous security problems that we confront.”
His government is concerned that Russia’s precedent-setting actions could inspire China to attack Taiwan, endanger the adjacent Japanese islands, block the flow of advanced semiconductors, and possibly close off sea routes that transport Middle Eastern oil.
Kishida has been planning to double defence outlays to about 2% of GDP in the next five years, to increase the 1% spending limit that has been in place since 1976.