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Japan eyes upgraded missiles and drones to repel invasion by 2027

Defense minister reveals 2-phase plan over 10 years, focused on extending range

Japan's homegrown Type 12 surface-to-ship cruise missile is an upgrade from the Type 88 seen here. (Photo courtesy of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- Japan aims to bolster the country's defenses by 2027 and fundamentally improve its ability to fend off any invasion, Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada told reporters on Friday.

A new two-phase plan, which Hamada outlined to an expert government panel on Thursday, sets goals for the next five and roughly 10 years across seven fields including standoff missiles and drones. The 10-year goals include extending Japan's defensive capabilities across greater distances.

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