Japan developing supersonic glide bombs to defend remote islands also claimed by China
Japan has fast-tracked a program to develop supersonic glide bombs in an effort to defend its distant islands whose ownership is disputed by China. Japan plans to use these weapons for deterrence, as they can reach the islands from other Japanese islands and are currently difficult to intercept. “It is necessary to be equipped as soon as possible,” said a spokesperson for the project, citing current lack of capabilities to attack any force that occupies these islands. No plans for the bombs deployment or operation have been released, and it is uncertain when they will be completed, although they were fast tracked in order to reduce their preparation time that was originally scheduled for completion in 2026.