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Beware, North Korea: Japan Wants New Cruise Missiles For Its F-35s and F-15s

Dave Majumdar Security, Asia The addition of the new medium range air launched cruise missiles is a break with Japan’s traditional post-World War II defense policy.  Japan is responding to North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs by adding air-launched cruise missiles to its arsenal. The country–which operates under a pacifist constitution since the end of the Second World War—is looking at buying Lockheed Martin’s stealthy 600+ nautical mile range AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and the Norwegian-developed Kongsberg Joint Strike Missile (JSM) for its tactical fighter fleet.
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