Japan plans to deploy a surface-to-ship missile unit on Miyako Island in the country’s southern-most Okinawa prefecture for the first time next month.
This would put all waters between the islands within range of the guided anti-ship missiles, reports the NHK broadcaster.
Though Chinese naval vessels heading out to the Pacific Ocean often pass between Okinawa and Miyako Island, Japan’s Defense Ministry claims that the drill does not hypothesize any particular country as an enemy.
In addition to the missile deployment, a 100-member ground unit together with ships and helicopters will take part in the drill aimed at defending Japan’s remote islands.
Full article: Japan To Deploy Anti-Ship Missiles On Okinawa’s Miyako Island (RTT News)