Japan Wants to Buy Tomahawk Cruise Missiles

Japan wants an unknown number of Tomahawks. The missiles themselves will likely be deployed among Japan’s fleet of Aegis destroyers. Each destroyer has 90 Mk. 41 vertical launch silos, and each silo can accommodate one Tomahawk.

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The purchase of offensive cruise missiles would be a first for Japan and a major change in the country’s security policy. Having forsaken war as an instrument of national policy, Japan maintains so-called “Self Defense Forces” that are defensive only. Offensive weapons such as aircraft carriers, marines, and cruise missiles have been prohibited as a matter of policy.

Japan Wants to Buy Tomahawk Cruise Missiles