First firing demonstration for Japan’s SSM Type 12 anti-ship missile

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On the occasion of the Talisman Saber 2023 exercise, which brings together nearly 30,000 members from the armed forces of 13 different nations on Australian territory, Japan carried out the first firing demonstration of its Type 12 surface-to-ship missile.

The 2023 edition of Exercise Talisman Saber

Since July 21, 2023, an exercise has been taking place on Australian soil called Talisman Saber. Australian forces in the host country are joined by those of the United States, Japan, Germany, South Korea, Tonga, New Zealand, France, Canada, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the United Kingdom.

Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines are observer members of the various demonstrations that focus on the deployment of firepower, with amphibious and airborne missions as well as ground combat and large-scale logistics.

First firing demonstration for Japan’s Type 12 missile

During the exercise, Japan conducted the first live-fire demonstration of its Type 12 surface-to-ship missile (SSM). Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) soldiers conducted the missile launch from the Beecroft Peninsula firing range, south of Sydney.

During the demonstration, the missile, launched without an explosive charge, successfully hit an unmanned maritime target off the coast of Jervis Bay.

“This is Japan’s largest participation in Exercise Talisman Saber, which further enhances interoperability between our military forces. This is another example of how our valued partnership continues to grow and deepen,” said Brigadier Damian Hill, Exercise Director.

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