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Japan launches XASM-3 anti-ship missile into mass production

According to the Japanese edition The Japan TimesThe Japanese Ministry of Defense has allocated "hundreds of millions of yen" for mass production of its own production of supersonic XASM-3 anti-ship missiles.

The rocket was developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Corporation and has already passed all kinds of tests. According to The Japan Times, XASM-3 will be launched next year and will be the first supersonic air-to-ship missile developed and assembled in Japan, Warspot reports.

Japan launches XASM-3 anti-ship missile into mass production

F-2 fighter with XASM-3 missiles

The Japanese Defense Ministry states that the new missiles will allow Japanese fighters to better protect the country's internal waters, in particular, will provide protection against the aggressive policies of China in the East China Sea. The XASM-3 missiles are designed for Mitsubishi F-2 aircraft (created on the basis of the American F-16 fighter), and later will be adapted for installation on other fighters (including the F-35).

The XASM-3 rocket length is 5,25 m, the mass is about 900 kg, the flight range is up to 200 km. XASM-3 will be three times faster than ASM-1 and ASM-2 (Type 80 and Type 93) anti-ship missiles currently used by Japan, and will be able to accelerate to 3600 km / h. The developers say that the new Japanese rocket will move at a height of several meters above the water, which will allow it to fly up to enemy ships unnoticed.
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  1. pjastolov
    pjastolov 20 July 2017 12: 26
    will provide protection from the aggressive policy of China in the East China Sea.
    do the Chinese know about this?
    1. Pirogov
      Pirogov 20 July 2017 12: 37
      Quote: pjastolov
      do the Chinese know about this?

      Yeah, the Chinese are aggressors, and the Japanese, ,,,, peaceful, ,,,,, nation, only the Japanese fleet has the fourth if not the third in the world and self-defense who counted them, they are making victims of bastards ...........
      1. yehat
        yehat 21 July 2017 14: 48
        and where do they go? sea ​​control is a matter of nation survival
    2. Walanin
      Walanin 21 July 2017 14: 56
      Quote: pjastolov
      do the Chinese know about this?

      They know. Aircraft carriers are sculpting like pies, and this is a purely offensive type of armament.
  2. Roma 1977
    Roma 1977 20 July 2017 12: 28
    Nothing wrong. Nobody has managed to sink any island / peninsula yet. Just drink it.
  3. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 20 July 2017 13: 22
    A serious rocket. And speed, and range, and weight. Getting ready, samurai ...
  4. g1washntwn
    g1washntwn 20 July 2017 13: 34
    Is MBDA Meteor not a relative of XASM-3? Outwardly - as if simply scaled.