Japan to Begin Mass Production of Antiship Missile

Japan to Begin Mass Production of Antiship Missile

On December 25, Japan’s Ministry of Defense announced it would begin mass production of the ASM-3A, an air-launched supersonic antiship missile. Japan began developing the ASM-3 in FY 2010 and…

Russia Deploys S-300 to Disputed Islands

Russia Deploys S-300 to Disputed Islands

On December 1, Russia announced it had deployed S-300V4 air defense systems to disputed islands claimed by Japan. Russia’s Ministry of Defence said the S-300s were positioned on the island…

Japan Halts Aegis Ashore Deployment Plan

Japan Halts Aegis Ashore Deployment Plan

On June 15, Japanese Minister of Defense Taro Kono announced that Japan would suspend plans to deploy the Aegis Ashore missile defense system due to “cost and schedule” concerns, triggering…

Japan Commissions First Maya-class Aegis Ship

Japan Commissions First Maya-class Aegis Ship

On March 19, Japan’s Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) commissioned JS Maya (DDG-179), the first of two Maya-class ships and the seventh Japanese ship equipped with the Aegis combat system….

Japan Plans Antiship Hypersonic Missile

Japan Plans Antiship Hypersonic Missile

Japan’s Defense Ministry plans to incorporate an antiship capability on its future hypersonic missiles, according to a February 25 Mainichi Shimbun report. In a 2019 paper, the ministry’s Acquisition, Technology,…

United States Authorizes SM-3 Sale to Japan

United States Authorizes SM-3 Sale to Japan

In a November 1 announcement, the U.S. Department of Defense authorized the production of additional Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles for sale to Japan. Under the estimated $267 million…

Russia Deploying Missiles to Disputed Islands

Russia Deploying Missiles to Disputed Islands

According to an internal government document, Russia plans to deploy Bastion-P coastal defense units to two islands in the disputed Kuril Island chain, Kyodo News reported on August 2. Russian…