Japan to Upgrade Aegis Ships and Arm Them with Tomahawk Missiles by 2027.

By Fiscal Year 2027 (April 1, 2027), Japan plans to upgrade all of its Aegis-equipped destroyers to carry Tomahawk missiles that Japan will buy from the US.

This was announced today by the Kyodo agency, indicating that this step will be taken as part of a plan to develop the offensive capabilities of the Japanese forces in light of the updated national security strategy.

Japan currently has eight destroyers equipped with the Aegis system and intends to increase this number to ten in the coming years. Earlier, the Japanese authorities officially announced plans to purchase up to 400 Tomahawk cruise missiles from the United States – the conclusion of the corresponding contract is scheduled for this year.

Japan will buy the latest modification of Tomahawk cruise missiles from the United States with a range of more than 1600 km, and it is indicated that only in 2021 the US Navy began to use these missiles.

In fiscal years 2026 and 2027, these missiles will be installed on Japanese Navy ships equipped with Aegis computer tracking and targeting systems. 211.3 billion yen (about $1.6 billion) has been allocated for this program in the draft state budget for fiscal year 2023.

Source: TASS

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