Japan’s Defense Ministry has submitted a budget request for the next fiscal year, seeking a record-breaking $52.9 billion investment in defense. This request follows a growing trend of increased defense spending in the country.
One of the key elements of the budget is the acquisition of naval vessels, including two Aegis system-equipped ships for ballistic missile defense. In addition, Japan plans to start the construction of a new class of frigates and is looking to secure $1.2 billion for two vessels.
The budget allocation also includes funds for the development of both land-based and shipboard-launched Type 12 missiles, as well as investment in hypersonic weapons. To further strengthen its defense capabilities, Japan aims to acquire the Joint Strike Missile and the AGM-158 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile from foreign suppliers.
The request also includes provisions for the procurement of F-35 fighter jets. The long-term plan is to acquire a total of 105 F-35As and 42 F-35Bs. Additionally, Japan plans to upgrade its existing F-15J and F-2 fleets. The ministry is specifically requesting upgrades for eight F-2s to enable them to fire the air-launched Type 12 missile.
The budget request also addresses the needs of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force by allocating funds for the acquisition of combat vehicles and self-propelled artillery systems. These include wheeled infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled mortars, maneuver combat vehicles, main battle tanks, and self-propelled howitzers.
Furthermore, Japan has expressed interest in procuring wheeled armored personnel carriers from Finland’s Patria. A competitive tender process will determine the final supplier for this equipment.
Overall, Japan’s Defense Ministry is determined to enhance its defense capabilities by allocating a significant budget for the next fiscal year. This record-breaking defense budget emphasizes Japan’s commitment to strengthening its security and ensuring peace and stability in the region.