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The United States State Department has approved sale of two AEGIS Weapon Systems (AWS), two Multi-Mission Signal Processors (MMSP) and two Command and Control Processor (C2P) Refreshes and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.150 billion to Japan.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Tuesday.

The Government of Japan has requested to buy two AEGIS Weapon Systems (AWS), two Multi-Mission Signal Processors (MMSP) and two Command and Control Processor (C2P) Refreshes. Also included is radio navigation equipment, naval ordnance, two Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Systems, Global Command and Control System-Maritime (GCCS-M) hardware, and two Inertial Navigation Systems (INS), US Government and contractor representatives' technical, engineering and logistics support services, installation support material, training, construction services for six vertical launch system launcher module enclosures, communications equipment and associated spares, classified and unclassified publications and software, and other related elements of logistical and program support, the DSCA said in a statement Tuesday.

This proposed sale will provide the Government of Japan with an enhanced capability against increasingly sophisticated ballistic missile threats and create an expanded, layered defense of its homeland. Japan, which already has the AEGIS in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing this system into its armed forces.

The prime contractor for the Aegis Weapon System and Multi-Mission Signal Processors will be Lockheed Martin. The Command and Control Processor Refresh will be provided by General Dynamics.

There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

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