In response to escalating security concerns in Asia, Japan accelerates the delivery of Raytheon missiles, bolstering its defense capabilities.

Driven by the deepening security situation in Asia, Japan has expedited its plans to acquire Tomahawk cruise missiles from the United States.

Japanese Defense Minister Minoru Kihara recently announced that Tokyo will begin receiving these missiles a year earlier than initially planned, with deliveries starting in fiscal year 2025.

This move comes as Japan seeks to enhance its defense capabilities and respond to the evolving security landscape in the region.

Responding to Growing Regional Threats

The decision to accelerate the missile procurement, as reported by Kyodo News, is a direct response to the “worsening” security environment in Asia.

Under the revised plan, Japan intends to acquire 200 Tomahawk Block IV missiles between fiscal years 2025 and 2027, a departure from its initial plan to procure 400 Block 5 missiles in fiscal years 2026 and 2027.

This change aims to swiftly bolster Japan’s defense capabilities to address potential threats.