The US Department of State has approved a possible USD3.29 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 73 Raytheon Standard Missile 3 (SM-3) Block IIA (RIM-161D) hit-to-kill interceptor missiles – along with related equipment and services – to Japan, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a 27 August statement.
Also included in the proposed deal, which still needs to be approved by the US Congress, are MK 29 canisters, up to ten Special Assignment Airlift Mission flights, US government and contractor assistance, engineering and logistical support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support, according to the DSCA.
The proposed sale “will provide Japan with an increased ballistic missile defense capability to assist in defending the Japanese homeland and US personnel stationed there”, said the DSCA, adding that the Northeast Asian country will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces.
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