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Japan seeks to buy 400 U.S. Tomahawk missiles, Kishida says

Deployment seen starting in fiscal 2026 in boost to long-range arsenal

A Tomahawk missile is launched from the USS Preble during a training exercise. Japan seeks latest version of the missile, with a range of 1,600 km. (U.S. Navy via Reuters)

TOKYO -- Japan plans to purchase 400 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the U.S., Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told lower house lawmakers Monday, part of his government's push to acquire long-range deterrents against potential threats.

Kishida's government aims to conclude a purchase agreement in fiscal 2023 and to deploy the Tomahawks in fiscal 2026 and fiscal 2027 on Maritime Self-Defense Force vessels equipped with the Aegis missile defense system.

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