Japan to defend Okinawa by Type 12 anti-ship missiles
- February 28, 2018
The Japanese government is considering deployment to Okinawa’s main island of Type 12 anti-ship missile batteries as part of a bid to beef up defenses in response to Chinese maritime assertiveness.
Miyako is located about 290 kilometers southwest of the main island of Okinawa. The armaments to be deployed on the islands are expected to be the Ground Self-Defense Force’s Type-12 surface-to-ship missiles, with a range of more than 100 km.
The Type 12 SSM is a truck-mounted anti-ship missile developed by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It is an upgrade of the Type 88 Surface-to-Ship missile. The Type 12 features INS with mid-course GPS guidance and better precision due to enhanced Terrain Contour Matching and target discrimination capabilities. The weapon is networked, where initial and mid-course targeting can be provided by other platforms, and also boasts shorter reload times, reduced lifecycle costs, and a range of 200 km.