From Navy Recognition :
Japan Considering JSM & LRASM Next Gen Anti-Ship Missile Procurement
Published: Monday, 04 December 2017 19:07
According to a report by Fuji News Network (FNN)'s "Fuji TV" which aired today, the Japan Self-Defense Forces (自衛隊 Jieitai or JSDF) is considering the procurement of JASSM-ER (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range) long-range air-to-ground, precision standoff missiles as well as Joint Strike Missile (JSM) and LRASM (Long Range Anti Ship Missile) next generation anti-ship missiles.
While the procurement of Kongsberg's JSM was previously mentionned in the Japanese press (Yomiuri newspaper first mentionned it in June this year), it is the first time that LRASM is mentionned. LRASM just entered mass production this summer and it is unlikely to be available for export any time soon. The missiles would be intended to be fitted on the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) F-15J and F-2 fighters. Japan is set to mass produce its own next gen anti-ship missile, the XASM-3, next year. But XASM-3 has a shorter range compared to JSM and LRASM and lacks land attack capability.
LRASM Anti-Ship Missile moments before impacting a target ship.
The AGM-158C LRASM was designed by Lockheed Martin (in collaboration with DARPA) to detect and destroy specific targets within groups of ships by employing advanced technologies that reduce dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, network links and GPS navigation in electronic warfare environments. LRASM will play a significant role in ensuring military access to operate in open ocean/blue waters, owing to its enhanced ability to discriminate and conduct tactical engagements from extended ranges.
LRASM is a precision-guided, anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile - Extended Range (JASSM-ER). It is designed to meet the needs of U.S. Navy and Air Force warfighters in contested environments. The air-launched variant provides an early operational capability for the U.S. Navy’s offensive anti-surface warfare Increment I requirement to be integrated onboard the U.S. Air Force’s B-1B in 2018 and on the U.S. Navy’s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in 2019.
JSM is the 5th generation long-range precision strike missile that will be integrated for internal carriage on the F-35
Designed by Kongsberg, JSM is the 5th generation long-range precision strike missile that will be integrated for internal carriage on the F-35. Using a combination of advanced materials, ability to fly low, while following the terrain and using advanced passive seekers, the missile is extremely difficult to detect and stop even for the most advanced countermeasures and defence systems.
The JSM is in development for the Norwegian Armed Forces and will complete the qualification program in 2018. JSM will have unmatched operational capabilities enabling the F-35 to fight well-defended targets across long distances. The missile will be integrated on the F-35A but can also be integrated on other types of aircraft. KONGSBERG and Raytheon are partnered to provide the JSM for US and international customers.
BAE Systems Australia is developing a new RF-seeker sensor. It will enable JSM to locate targets on the basis of their electronic signature. This will further strengthen the capabilities of JSM for the most challenging scenarios in a modern battlefield.
Screenshot from "Fuji TV" report on JSDF interest to procure JSM, JASSM-ER and LRASM. Picture via Twitter user @itackey
Screenshot from "Fuji TV" report on JSDF interest to procure JSM, JASSM-ER and LRASM. Picture via Twitter user @obiekt_JP