Japanese Government is considering the purchase of US-made Tomahawk Land-Attack Cruise Missile in an effort to boost its military power and strengthen its defense capabilities. The Tomahawk is a long-range land-attack cruise missiles capable of striking targets deep inside the enemy territory, it has the range of 2500km.
Japanese media reported that, the Japanese Government is in the final stage of negotiations with the U. S. Government to buy Tomahawk Cruise Missiles.
If the deal is finalised, it will give a great boost to the long-range striking capability of the Japanese Armed Forces, the tomahawk missiles has a long-range, and buying these advanced weapon system will bring some parts of China and entire North Korea under its striking range.
In should be noted that in the past some months, North Korea has speed up its ballistic missiles tests.
Japan is also facing the aggression of the People’s Republic of China. China is increasing its military power at high speed, specifically the power and operational range of the People’s Liberation Army Navy is increasing rapidly.
The Japanese Government wants to increase its attack and defense capabilities, they have taken several steps in the recent years to increase the power of the Japanese Military.
From the purchase of F-35 Lightning II Stealth Fighters to the conversion of the Helicopter Carriers to Aircraft Carriers to the recent plans of building two 20,000 tons displacement warships. Japan is strengthening its military capabilities.
Few weeks ago, there were news of Japan purchasing American-made SM-6 anti-ballistic missiles to defend itself against the threat of North Korean Ballistic Missiles and the emerging challenges of chinese hypersonic weapons such as glide vehicles and missiles which flies at hypersonic speeds.
Brief details about the capabilities of the Tomahawk Land-Attack Cruise Missile System
The Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) is a long-range, all-weather, jet-powered, subsonic cruise missile that is primarily used by the United States Navy and Royal Navy in ship- and submarine-based land-attack operations.
Under contract from the U.S. Navy, the Tomahawk was designed at the APL/JHU in a project led by James Walker near Laurel, Maryland, and was first manufactured by General Dynamics in the 1970s.
It was intended to fill the role of a medium- to long-range, low-altitude missile that could be launched from a naval surface warfare platform, and featured a modular design accommodating a wide variety of warhead, guidance, and range capabilities.
At least six variants and multiple upgraded versions of the TLAM have been added since the original design was introduced, including air-, sub-, and ground-launched variants with conventional and nuclear armaments.
The Tomahawk was most recently used by the U.S. Navy in the 2018 missile strikes against Syria, when 66 missiles were launched targeting alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities.
The Tomahawk is a battle proven weapon system.
The Tomahawk is currently used by the Royal Danish Navy, Royal Navy, US Navy, US Army, US Marine Corps. Future operaters of the missile includes Japan, Canada, Netherlands and Australia.