Firing of a Japanese howitzer on Australian soil strengthens bilateral ties

Japan Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) personnel have successfully fired two FH-70 howitzers out to 25 kilometres while in Australia.

This marks a historic first for the JGSDF, as there is no military range large enough in Japan to conduct such a long-range firing activity.

Japan’s firing of its howitzers took place at the ADF’s Shoalwater Bay Training Area during Exercise Southern Jackaroo, a two-week trilateral ground exercise involving Australia, Japan and the United States, which finishes on 4 June 2019.