Japan targets Chinese, North Korean hypersonic missiles with US$56 million railgun plan

Japan is to add another layer to its defences against incoming missiles with the development of an advanced railgun system, raising suggestions that Tokyo is responding in “desperation” to the advances made by China and North Korea in nuclear-capable hypersonic weapons.The Ministry of Defence has succeeded in having 6.5 billion yen (US$56.1 million) allocated in the initial 2022 budget proposal for a weapon that is widely regarded as being potent, but also problematic due to the technological…


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