Japan’s request to buy AEGIS-class destroyer support and RAM Block 2 tactical missiles worth $195.5 million combined, from the U.S. has now been approved by the latter.
The U.S. State Department confirmed the approval in a statement Wednesday.
Japan had requested to buy Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) of AEGIS Class Destroyers, to include sustainment support and services; AEGIS computer software updates, system integration and testing, in-country and on-site engineering support; familiarization, sustainment, and all necessary emergent support engineering and technical support services; operational support; system overhauls; system upgrades; onthe-job practical operations and maintenance; combat systems integration; development, testing, installation of program patches and adaptation data and annual service agreements; technical inquiries by the purchaser; operation; integration; maintenance; field service engineering; problem investigation; technical assistance; solutions to the technical problems arising from post production, testing capabilities and support, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $134 million. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Moorestown, NJ.
The other contract that was given the green light is for 44 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 tactical missiles, RIM-116, produced by Raytheon Missiles and Defense. Also included are RAM Block 2 Guidance Control Groups; RAM Guided Missile Round Pack Tri-Pack shipping and storage containers; operator manuals and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $61.5 million.