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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Japan needs 800 Tomahawks to match up to China's missile capability: experts

Tomahawk Block IV cruise missileJapan needs about 800 US-made Tomahawk cruise missiles to defend itself against a potential attack by China's huge quantity of ballistic missiles, according to Mitsuharu Furuze, a Japanese defense expert, reports Tokyo-based Livedoor News.

With the Tomahawk cruise missiles, the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMDSF) would be able to launch effective strikes against Chinese warships and crucial ground targets in the event of a regional conflict, according to Furuze.

Jun Kitamura, a Japanese consultant to the US Pacific Command said that Washington would be unlikely to provide any direct military assistance to Tokyo before the JMDSF was obliterated by Chinese forces.

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