Statement: Tomahawk Cruise Missiles


Friday 17 March 2023

The Opposition welcomes the approval of the potential sale of 220 US Tomahawk Cruise Missiles to Australia.

In September 2021, as part of the AUKUS partnership, the Coalition announced that Australia would rapidly acquire long-range strike capabilities, including Tomahawk Cruise Missiles.

Tomahawk Cruise Missiles are compatible with Virginia class submarines and have a range of 1,500 km.

With Australia’s strategic environment becoming more challenging, the men and women of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) must be equipped with the capability to hold potential adversaries at risk from a greater distance. 

We are pleased to see the continuation of the Coalition’s hard work in acquiring long-range strike missiles – something the former government invested heavily in.

In April last year, the former Coalition government approved the accelerated acquisition of improved weapon capabilities for the ADF at a cost of $3.5 billion.

While the approved sale of Tomahawk Cruise Missiles is welcome news, the government must be transparent about the timing of this delivery and whether it was considered as part of the Defence Strategic Review.

The Coalition will continue to work on a bipartisan basis with the government on matters of defence and national security.