The Italian cruise line, MCX Cruises, has ordered a cruise missiles, an upgraded version of its current cruise missile, for use against incoming cruise missiles in a potential conflict.
The company said it would purchase 12 to 15 cruise missiles from Lockheed Martin Corp. and would have them ready for use by 2020.
The decision to buy cruise missiles was first reported by Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Friday.
The missiles are capable of launching up to 10 megatons of explosive energy.
MCX’s order follows a similar order from a British company, BAE Systems, in March to upgrade its cruise missiles.
The order for cruise missiles comes as tensions between Russia and NATO have risen.
The two nations have traded accusations over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, a move that prompted NATO to increase military spending.
Russia has warned that it would use any means necessary to protect its territory if the United States launches cruise missiles at it.