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ASDF reveals air-to-air missiles damaged at Komatsu base

KOMATSU, Ishikawa -- An unspecified number of air-to-air missiles were found damaged at the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) base here in March this year, with repairs expected to shoot up to 29.5 million yen, it was revealed on Sept. 21.

    "We did not publicly report the incident because it was judged that the damage had not put the missiles in danger of exploding, and therefore it had no impact outside the base," a Komatsu Air Base spokesperson stated.

    The damage to the weapon -- a fighter plane-mounted guided missile -- was discovered by ASDF personnel during a March inspection of the base's ammunition depot. The ASDF said it could not provide further details on the incident, including how, when and exactly how many missiles were damaged.

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