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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The Japanese government is considering selling some of its F-15 jets to the United States to raise funds for the purchase of F-35 stealth fighters. This would be the first sale of used defense equipment to the US, Washington in turn is eyeing to sell the outdated planes to Southeast Asian countries,
In what appears to be the largest F-35 order outside of the United States, Japan plans to buy 147 of the sixth generation stealth fighters in the next decade. The new planes will include 42 F-35Bs and will include 18 short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) B cariants of the F-35 that Tokyo wants to deploy on Japanese islands along the edge of East China Sea, Lockheed Martin said in a statement Tuesday
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Kawasaki Heavy Industries, has released new H145//BK117 D-3 helicopter (BK117 D-3), which was jointly developed with Airbus Helicopters. The Central Helicopter Service which operates 10 BK117 helicopters for EMS, disaster prevention operations and VIP transportations in Japan, will be the first customer to useH145//BK117 D-3 in Asia, the company said in a statement Wednesday
Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) resumed flight operations of its OH-1 Ninja light observation helicopter fleet resumed on March 1, 2019, after a gap of nearly four years. The helicopter fleet was grounded following a crash in February 2015 that was attributed to faulty engine parts, according to Scramble Magazine
Japan's second Asahi-class destroyer, JS Shiranui, was inducted into Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) service in a ceremony held at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Nagasaki Shipyard on Wednesday. The 5,100-ton general-purpose escort destroyers were previously designated as 25DD
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