Janes reported that Japan is upgrading its Kind 12 surface-to-ship missile (SSM) methods to boost its stand-off defence capabilities. A spokesperson from Japan’s Acquisition, Expertise & Logistics Company (ATLA) instructed Janes on 9 February that the target of the Kind 12 improve is an extended firing vary. The Kind 12 missile system will characteristic enhancements equivalent to elevated size and a unique form to attain that aim. As well as, the launch platform’s engine is being upgraded for elevated endurance to assist longer operations. The spokesperson didn’t share additional particulars on the Kind 12 improve programme targets. Beforehand reported that the MoD deliberate to increase the missile system’s vary from an estimated 200 km to 1,000 km, and likewise allow its launch from ships and plane.

The Kind 12 Floor-to-Ship Missile is a truck-mounted anti-ship missile developed by Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in 2012. It’s an improve of the Kind 88 Floor-to-Ship Missile. The Kind 12 options INS with mid-course GPS steerage and higher precision as a result of enhanced Terrain Contour Matching and goal discrimination capabilities. The weapon is networked, the place preliminary and mid-course concentrating on might be supplied by different platforms, and likewise boasts shorter reload occasions, lowered lifecycle prices, and a variety of 124 mi (108 nmi; 200 km). The missile shares the identical Ka-band Lively Digital Scanned Array(AESA) radar seeker with Japanese BVRAAM missile, AAM-4B.


The ship-launched by-product of Kind 12, designated as Kind 17 (SSM-2) missile has been put into service and it’s to begin deploying from Maya-class destroyer. The vary has doubled to 400 kilometers and can be planning to re-apply for the improved model of the surface-to-ship system and the air-launched variant for the P-1 patrol plane. The MoD permitted the event of an improved model of the Kind 12 SSM on December 18, 2020 by the Cupboard. In line with Japanese newspapers, the vary will likely be prolonged from 200 km to 900 km, with a future goal of 1,500 km. It’ll have a stealthy form to cut back RCS, in addition to excessive mobility to forestall interception from the enemy.

Kind 12 Truck-mounted Floor-to-ship Missile (SSM)