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Japan starts to extend range of its missiles to over 1,000 km

Tokyo sees $880m move as deterrence, as China, US develop sophisticated weapons

Japan is extending the range of its cruise missiles as deterrence. (Photo courtesy of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force)

TOKYO -- Japan is planning to upgrade and extend the capability of its cruise missiles to hit objects over 1,000 kilometers away, Nikkei has learned.

The defense ministry aims to deploy such missiles by the second half of the 2020s. These missiles, to be developed by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, can be launched from land and also fitted on fighter planes and warships. Japan's missiles are now only capable of reaching 100 km to 200 km from launch point.

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