The US State Department has approved a sale of four Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles for an estimated cost of $133.3 million to Japan, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced Tuesday.
The possible sale also includes 4 MK 29 missile canisters, U.S. Government and contractor representatives' technical assistance, transportation, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support, the release said.
DSCA explained that this sale will provide Japan with an increased ballistic missile defense capability to assist in defending the Japanese homeland and U.S. personnel stationed there. Japan will have no difficulty absorbing these additional munitions and support into the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).
The principal contractors will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, AZ (SM-3); and BAE Systems, Minneapolis, MN (MK 29), it added.
Japan has plans to expand its missile shield with Aegis systems amid growing nuclear threats from North Korea. Last month, the Japanese government approved the purchase and deployment of two Aegis Ashore batteries at the cost of some $2 billion, which is expected to be put into operation by 2023.
The Japanese government is considering the possibility of acquiring US-made F-35B fighter jets in future, as it is looking into remodelling Tokyos Izumo helicopter carrier. The 248-metre (814-feet) Izumo, Japan's largest warship equipped with a flat flight deck, was designed with an eye to hosting F-35B fighters
The Japanese government on Friday approved a record-high defense budget of 5.19 trillion yen ($46 billion) for fiscal 2018 to boost its missile defenses against the growing threat from North Korea, breaking the record for the sixth consecutive year
The Japanese government has approved to deploy two land-based Aegis Ashore missile defense system at a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday. The government plans to deploy two Aegis Ashore systems to cover Japan's entire territory, possibly to become operable by fiscal 2023
Lockheed Martin is being awarded a nearly $136 million contract for new construction DDG AEGIS weapon system J7 baseline development and integration in support of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. This contract involves foreign military sales to Japan and work will be performed at various locations in the United States and Japan and is expected to be completed by December 2018, a US DoD release said
Japans Ministry of Defense has disclosed that the cost for two batteries of the Aegis Ashore missile interception system it intends to procure from the United States is over 200 billion yen (US$ 1.7 Billion) which will be added to the national budget from fiscal 2019 onwards
The Japanese Defense Ministry is developing supersonic glide bombs which would be launched by a missile at a very high altitude and then fall at supersonic speed toward the target. The ministry aims to put glide bombs into practical use in fiscal 2026 by moving up its initial development schedule by about seven years,
Raytheon Company will produce, test and deliver 44 Standard Missile-3 Block IB interceptors under a $466.9 million U
The Japanese military should be able to strike enemy missile bases, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is finalizing a proposal to urge the Japanese government in this regard. The LDP is hoping to finalize the proposal by May so that it will be reflected in the countrys defense buildup guidelines to be reviewed at the end of the year
The Japanese government will likely deploy a new missile intercept system on two new Aegis-equipped destroyers that is capable of exchanging data between the warships, a Japanese news outlet reports Thursday. According to
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