Japan Japan's new type 12 SSM revealed


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Very JASSM/LRASM-esque. Reported to reach close to 1000km maximum range.


Type 12 land-based anti-ship missile (Type 12 surface-to-ship guidance bomb) is a vehicle-mounted anti-ship missile, which was developed by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2012. The Type 88 land-based anti-ship missile was developed. The 12-type land-based anti-ship missile has enhanced terrain contour matching and target recognition functions. The missile has an inertial navigation system (INS) and mid-range GPS navigation functions with extremely high accuracy. The missile has the function of information interconnection and can provide initial and mid-range targets through other platforms. And it also has a very short reloading time, low maintenance costs, and a range of 200 kilometers.

This missile has the same Ka-band active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar seeker as the Japanese BVRAAM missile AAM-4B.

Ship-borne Type 12 derivative missiles , called Type 17 (SSM-2) anti-ship missiles have been put into use, and are on the destroyers Deploy. The known shooting has doubled to 400 kilometers, and there are plans to redesign an improved version of the amphibious system and an air-launched model suitable for P-1 patrol aircraft.

According to documents issued by the Ministry of Defense of Japan, the increased range will be achieved by expanding the size of the wings and using new extended-range jet engines. In other words, the Type 12 surface-to-ship missile will be able to fly at a higher altitude than before. According to the Sankei Shimbun and Mainichi Shimbun, two major Japanese media outlets, these improvements will extend the range of the Type 12 surface-to-ship missile from 200 km to 900 km, and the future goal is to reach 1500 km. The distance from Sasebo Naval Base to Beijing is 1,400 km, and Shanghai is only 80 km.

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