Japan inks deal to buy 400 long-range missiles from US

SpaceWar.com reports: “Japan signed a deal with its ally the United States on Thursday to buy 400 long-range Tomahawk missiles as it ramps up its military capacity to counter regional security threats.

Faced with growing Chinese military clout and a nuclear-armed North Korea, the Japanese government plans to double its defence spending to the NATO standard of two percent of GDP by 2027.

A sale of up to $2.35 billion for two types of Tomahawks, which have a 1,600-kilometre (995-mile) range, was approved by Washington in November.

‘The conclusion of this signing starts the procurement of the Tomahawk missiles,’ a defence official told reporters on Thursday after the deal was signed in Tokyo.

‘Through sound implementation of the (defence) budget, we will extensively strengthen our defence capacity,’ he added…”

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