The United States is set to deploy ground-based intermediate-range missiles in the Indo-Pacific region in a strategic move to fortify deterrence against escalating Chinese military prowess.

These impending deployments aim to bolster defense capabilities and counter the expanding arsenal of China’s missile systems.

Missile Options and Capabilities: SM-6 and Tomahawk Cruise Missile

Recent reports indicate that land-based versions of the Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) and the Tomahawk cruise missile are among the missile options under consideration.

The SM-6, with a range of 350 kilometers (217 miles), and the Tomahawk cruise missile, with a range of 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles), are formidable choices.

Both missiles are compatible with the US Army’s Mid-Range Capability system, also known as the Typhon weapon system, enhancing the military’s flexibility and adaptability in deployment strategies.

One of the primary advantages of land-based missiles is their enhanced stealth capabilities. These missiles can potentially evade detection and minimize vulnerability to enemy strikes.

This characteristic sets them apart from other deterrence options, such as naval ships and combat aircraft.

Moreover, unlike naval assets, these ground-based missiles do not rely on ports or runways, providing greater operational flexibility.