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US Approves AMRAAM Missile Sale To Japan
AIM-120 AMRAAM Missile. Photo Courtesy- Wikipedia Commons

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) today has approved sale of 17 AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) to Japan for an estimated $33 million.

"The Government of Japan requires these missiles for national defense, regional security, inventory modernization, and U.S. interoperability. This sale will enhance the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's ability to defend Japan's territory and protect critical Japanese and U.S. installations,” DSCA said in a statement.

"Japan, which currently has AIM-120C5 missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces."

According to the contract Japan will receive captive air training missiles, containers, missile support and test equipment, support equipment and spare and repair parts.

Raytheon Missile Systems is selected as the prime contractor for the deal.

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