Japan is considering purchasing 500 US-made Tomahawk missiles. Japanese defense officials are reportedly debating whether or not to place an order for 500 US Tomahawk cruise missiles to increase their offensive capabilities.
According to today’s Yomiuri newspaper report, the Japanese Ministry of Defense is expected to purchase Tomahawk missiles between now and March 2028. One may argue that this is the largest military buildup in Japan since WWII.
National Security Strategy revisions in Japan state that the capability to respond against enemy missile bases is a crucial aspect of security and defense and is likely to be finalized and announced by the end of the year.
The Japanese armed forces hope to extend the range of their Type-12 anti-ship missile so it may be used against land and marine targets.
However, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno has stated that no decision has been made, and the Japanese Ministry of Defense has yet to respond to the news.
Its constitution states that Japan’s armed forces may only be used for self-defense; the country does not yet have a long-range strike cruise missile.
For many years, Tokyo has been trying to rewrite the constitution to launch an attack in the event of a danger to national security.
Last month, unnamed officials told Japanese media that Tokyo had asked Washington to sell Tomahawk cruise missiles and gotten a positive answer and that the two countries were now in the last stage of negotiations.
Japanese officials feel that purchasing Tomahawk will assist shorten the service life of cruise missiles and is essential to improve the quality of the missile.
However, they are still committed to developing domestically made missiles to ensure “retaliatory strike capabilities.” Lift the threat level.
The range for some American Tomahawk variants is around 1,600 kilometers. To fire Tomahawk missiles, Japan only needs to adapt the vertical launchers on many of their vessels.
The US government purchases weapons from foreign sources through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, where Tokyo can purchase Tomahawk missiles for a maximum of $1.2 million each. Created and shipped off to governments overseas.