US approves Tomahawk missile sale to Australia

The United States reportedly approved the sale of up to 220 Tomahawk missiles to Australia.

In a written statement from the US State Department, it was stated that Australia is "one of its most important allies" in the Western Pacific and that the agreement on the sale of missiles "will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States".

In the statement, it was stated that Tomahawk missiles could be fired from Virginia-class submarines planned to be purchased under the AUKUS agreement.

An agreement worth approximately $900 million for up to 220 missiles are expected to be signed with the Arizona-based American firm Raytheon.

Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles stated that they are working closely with the United States and that having long-range attack missiles is important to their country's military capability.

Australia became the second country after the UK to purchase Tomahawks missiles from the US.

In addition, Japan has also reported that it can purchase 400 Tomahawk missiles from the United States by 2026.

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