Tokyo is studying the possibility of buying up to 400 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the US, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada confirmed in the parliament on February 27.
“To strengthen the capabilities of the country’s self-defense forces, we are considering the purchase of 400 Tomahawk cruise missiles,” Hamada revealed. The announcement was made during a hearing of the budget committee of the Japanese House of Representatives.
The minister’s statement was sharply criticized by the opposition. MPs asked Hamada to tell them where the exact number of missiles came from.
The prime minister clarified that 400 missiles were the highest number under consideration.
A few days ago Hamada announced Japan’s desire to purchase Tomahawk missiles from the United States. The authorities hope to sign the contract in fiscal year 2023.
Earlier Japanese media reported that Tokyo wants to buy up to 500 such missiles from Washington by 2027.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency