Japan to Acquire 400 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles

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Japan to Acquire 400 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles
The Japanese government has revealed that it wants to acquire 400 Tomahawk cruise. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said during a budget committee meeting in the House of Representatives on Feb. 27. “We plan to acquire 400 missiles,” Kishida said.

Previously, the government refrained from disclosing the number of missile purchases to prevent the disclosure of the Self-Defence Force’s ability to sustain combat operations. However, the government changed its decision on the issue after the leader of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan raised the subject to Kishida during a budget meeting on Feb. 22.

Japan to Acquire 400 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles

These cruise missiles will be deployed on Maritime Self-Defence Force Aegis destroyers in fiscal years 2026 and 2027 after the contract is signed in 2023.

Defence Minister Seiichi Hamada said, “We are currently coordinating with the United States to make it possible to acquire up to 400 missiles.”

The Tomahawk will be purchased under the Foreign Military Assistance (FMS) programme.

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