Stocking up on Standards: Japan Buys Naval Defense-ABM Missiles

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JS Myoko(click to view full) The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a pair of requests from Japan for Standard-family naval air and missile defense systems. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $528 million. The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has four Kongo Class AEGIS destroyers operating with SM-2 missiles at sea; the 5th and 6th destroyers are under construction. Kongo Class ships with missile defense upgrades and SM-3 missiles will be combined with short-range land-based PAC-3 Patriot missiles to form the initial ballistic missile defense shield for mainland Japan. The key deals and principal contractors will be: The basic concept(click to view full) A $458 million sale involving longer-range SM-3 missiles, which have performed relatively well in ABM tests over the past couple of years but require AEGIS combat system and radar upgrades to use properly. The Japanese are request 9 of the SM-3 Block IA Standard missiles with MK 21 Mod 2 canisters, plus ballistic missile defense upgrades to one AEGIS Weapon System, AEGIS BMD Vertical Launch System (VLS) alternations, containers, spare and repair parts, publications, documentation, supply support, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related […]

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