U.S. State Dept. Approves Sale of Two AEGIS Weapon Systems to Japan

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of two AEGIS Weapon Systems (AWS) to Japan for an estimated cost of $2.15 billion.

The sale also includes two Multi-Mission Signal Processors (MMSP) and Command and Control Processor (C2P) Refreshes and related equipment. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying the U.S. Congress of this possible sale, on Jan. 29.

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), U.S. 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.

A statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a major ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region, adding that it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability.

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 Rotary and Mission Systems, Washington, DC. The Command and Control Processor Refresh will be provided by General Dynamics, Falls Church, VA.

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