Japan Approves AGM-158B JASSM-ER Acquisition For Its F-15J | Aviation

Combined with the JASSM-ER and allied electronic, optical, radar, and satellite surveillance, JASDF’s F-15Js will also be able to perform stand-off strikes.

The Japan MoD (Ministry of Defense) approved, on Jul. 4, 2024, the acquisition of the Lockheed Martin AGM-158B JASSM-ER (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range), following a FMS (Foreign Military Sales) package cleared by the U.S. State Department on Aug. 28, 2023. The program sees Tokyo procuring 50 of the JASSM-ER missiles as a long-range land-strike weapon to be used by the JASDF’s (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) F-15J jets.

Reports said the MoD “plans to drastically strengthen its stand-off defense capability,” allowing it to attack from outside the range of adversary anti-aircraft missiles. Tensions between the US-Japan-Taiwan alliance and the China-Russia-North Korea grouping have been consistently high over the last two years. The FMS approval by the State Department, which also includes anti-jam global positioning system, missile containers and training missiles, is worth $104 million.

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