The US State Department has approved a possible sale to Japan of eight Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B Missiles and 13 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 2A Missiles for an estimated cost of $561 million.
The missiles will provide Japan with an increased ballistic missile defense capability to assist in defending the Japanese homeland. Japan will be absorbing these additional munitions and support into the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF).
The Government of Japan has requested to buy eight (8) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B Missiles and thirteen (13) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 2A Missiles. Also included are SM-3 1B and 2A missile canisters, US Government and contractor provided technical assistance, engineering and logistical support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $561 million.
The principal contractor for the SM-3 Block 1B and 2A All Up Rounds will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona. The prime contractor for the Mk-21 and Mk-29 canisters and PHS&T kits will be BAE Systems, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require annual trips to Japan involving US Government and contractor representatives for technical reviews, support, and oversight for approximately five years.
US Navy Missile Defense Agency and Lockheed Martin supported USS John Paul Jones has fired two Standard Missile-6 (SM-6) Dual I missiles from the Aegis Combat System against a medium-range ballistic missile target. During the test, the system detected, tracked, engaged and launched both missiles to intercept a Medium Range Ballistic Missile target, the company announced Wednesday
Raytheon Standard Missile-6 linked with an F-35 fighter has destroyed a medium-range, medium-altitude, subsonic target in the US Navys first flight test. The USS Desert Ship (LLS 1), a land-based US Navy Combat System equipped with the latest AEGIS Baseline, fired the SM-6, which intercepted the over-the-horizon target, out of sight of its operators
The US Missile Defense Agency and the military development agency of Japans Ministry of Defense conducted a successful test of Raytheon-made Standard Missile-3 in California on Tuesday. The firing was the second such test of the SM-3 Block IIA on the Point Mugu Sea Range, the US Navy announced
Raytheons Standard Missile-6 successfully intercepted a short-range ballistic missile near the Hawaii coast last week. The Pentagon was quoted as saying by Reuters on Monday that following the July 28 test, the SM-6 will be deployed on US Navy Aegis ships next year
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