Air-Launched Weapons

US approves missile and munition sales for Japan and NATO

20 November 2018

Of the three proposed sales to allies, the largest by value comprises 21 SM-3 missiles (pictured) to be delivered to Japan for ballistic missile defence. Source: US Navy

The US State Department has approved the sale of nearly USD950 million worth of missiles and precision-guided bomb kits to allies, according to notifications released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 19 November.

The DSCA notifications cover three proposed sales, two of which are for Japan and the third for the NATO Support and Procurement Agency.

The largest proposed sale by value is for USD561 million, and comprises Raytheon Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) missiles for Japan. The second planned contract for Japan covers Raytheon AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for USD63 million. The proposed sale to NATO is valued at USD320.5 million, and covers 2,040 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) kits and other items for precision guided munitions.

For the Japanese SM-3 deal, the US government is proposing to deliver eight Raytheon Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 1B missiles and 13 Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block 2A missiles to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF). With regard to the AMRAAM deal, the US government is to deliver 32 of the AIM-120C-7 variant of the missile to the Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF).

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