…but the resemblance between a new Japanese UAV under development…

…and an American cruise missile is a bit uncanny.

AGM-86 Air Launched Cruise Missile. Photo: Aviation History Online Museum.

It’s just a coincidence, of course. Aerodynamics are the same in all countries, and so are desirable, efficient aerodyamic shapes, no matter what purpose. Heck, the UAV even has landing gear, it’s supposed to come back!

One is a UAV.

One is a cruise missile.

But wait, why would you want to carry UAVs aloft on fighters?

And why two at a time?

One of them crashed last week. It was launched from the wing of a F-2 fighter and fell into the ocean. No word on the cause.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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