As an island nation in the northwest Pacific, Japan is under pressure to strengthen its defense posture as the threat from China and North Korea grows across the region.
China’s coast guard has already threatened Japan’s economic exclusion zone in waters around the Senkaku Islands contrary to international law, while North Korea has tested ballistic missiles aimed at Japanese soil.
In response, the JSDF is trying to strengthen its joint multi-domain force so that the country can quickly respond to any level of threat. This implies an increase in its defense budget, which GlobalData expects to rise to $85.9 billion (€12.88 trillion) by 2028.
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“By 2027, or five years from now, Japan will strengthen its defense capabilities to the point where [it] is in a position to take primary responsibility for countering invasions against her nation,” according to the buyer FY2023 Budget Overview.
This extensive deployment will expand the nation’s existing stockpile of the Carl-Gustaf recoilless rifle, a weapon system the country has procured since 1979, with deliveries due in 2025.
What does Carl-Gustaf bring to the table?
Carl Gustaf is a man-portable weapon system that allows dismounted soldiers to face multiple challenges. It has open, red, telescopic sights.
The system is also compatible with programmable ammunition, while advanced fire control devices provide greater accuracy and faster responses. Carl-Gustaf provides the Japanese joint force with a versatile and accurate weapon system.
The order comes immediately after the country conducted a joint training exercise, Red Dragon 23with the Marine Corps of its western ally, the US, on October 14.
As Japan strives to strengthen its interoperability with its allies, the Carl-Gustaf represents a link with other global users of the Swedish weapon system. According Saabthis includes 14 other countries that include Australia, Austria, Estonia, Denmark, India, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Slovenia, Swedenthe uk, the US and two more customers.
The advantage of the Carl Gustaf M4 rifle is that it is interoperable with various types of ammunition such as the HEDP 502/502 RS, which has an effective range of 500 meters and is stated by Saab to be able to target armored vehicles and protected enemies. from constructions and warehouses.
Additional reporting by Richard Thomas.
Read the original at Defence247.gr