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JSDF deploys Type 88 land based mobile anti-ship missiles launchers in Okinawa
 
Japanese defense ministry officials announced that its forces are conducting an exercise that places Type-88 surface-to-ship missiles on Miyako Island. It is the first time Japan has conducted such an exercise. The strait between Okinawa and Miyako is a common access route to the Pacific by the Chinese navy.
Japanese defense ministry officials announced that its forces are conducting an exercise that places Type-88 surface-to-ship missiles on Miyako Island. It is the first time Japan has conducted such an exercise. The strait between Okinawa and Miyako is a common access route to the Pacific by the Chinese navy.
 
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Naval Force News - Japan
 
 
 
JSDF deploys Type 88 land based mobile anti-ship missiles launchers in Okinawa
 
Japanese defense ministry officials announced that its forces are conducting an exercise that places Type-88 surface-to-ship missiles on Miyako Island. It is the first time Japan has conducted such an exercise. The strait between Okinawa and Miyako is a common access route to the Pacific by the Chinese navy.
     
Japanese defense ministry officials announced that its forces are conducting an exercise that places Type-88 surface-to-ship missiles on Miyako Island. It is the first time Japan has conducted such an exercise. The strait between Okinawa and Miyako is a common access route to the Pacific by the Chinese navy.
Launch of a Type 88 anti-ship missile
     
The unit launchers will be based on the small island temporarily and will be used in ongoing drills in the area that began on Nov. 1 and will conclude on Nov. 18, they said.

The drill will also see another unit of missiles arrive on the island from a base in Aomori Prefecture, and be utilized in exercises involving a Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force AEGIS destroyer playing the role of a "hostile" vessel.

The defense ministry said that the surface-to-ship missiles have the range to strike targets anywhere in waters between Miyako and the main island of Okinawa, but added that the drills did not have any specific threat or country in mind.

The Type 88 Surface-to-Ship Missile (SSM-1) is a truck-mounted anti-ship missile developed by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The Japan Ground Self-Defense Force bought 54 transporter erector launchers, each carrying six Type 88 missiles, for use as coastal batteries. The missiles have a range of 150 km (81 nmi), high subsonic speed and 225 kg (496 lb) warhead,
     
Japanese defense ministry officials announced that its forces are conducting an exercise that places Type-88 surface-to-ship missiles on Miyako Island. It is the first time Japan has conducted such an exercise. The strait between Okinawa and Miyako is a common access route to the Pacific by the Chinese navy.
Type 88 anti-ship missile launcher vehicle