Japan and Australia forged an unbreakable bond of military cooperation as the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) conducted a groundbreaking live fire demonstration of its advanced Type 12 Surface-to-Ship Missile (SSM) off the Australian east coast during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023. This historic moment showcases the deepening alliance between the two nations, fostering regional security and a free Indo-Pacific.

In a strong display of military cooperation, the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) showcased its prowess by conducting a live fire demonstration of its Type 12 Surface-to-Ship Missile (SSM) during Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023 off the Australian east coast.

Japan’s Type 12 SSM Takes Center Stage

The live fire exercise, which involved launching the Type 12 SSM from a truck-mounted system at Beecroft Weapons Range, marked the first time the JGSDF has tested this capability on Australian soil. The missile was fired at an unmanned target in the East Australia Exercise Area near Jervis Bay, underscoring the significant joint training opportunity between Japan and Australia.

Exercise Director Brigadier Damian Hill emphasized the importance of Talisman Sabre in strengthening interoperability between military forces and deepening partnerships with regional allies. He praised Japan’s substantial participation in the exercise, which exemplifies the ever-growing cooperation between nations.