The US Department of State has approved a potential USD140 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of follow-on technical support (FOTS) sustainment and services for the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's (JMSDF's) eight Aegis-equipped destroyers, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 1 October.
The Japanese government had requested FOTS sustainment and services in support of the JMSDF's four Kongo-, two Atago-, and two Maya-class guided-missile destroyers, said the DSCA, adding that the potential sale, which still needs to be approved by the US Congress, also includes one Japanese Computer Test Site (JCPTS).
The DSCA said that the proposed sale is "critical" to ensure that the JMSDF's Aegis destroyer fleet and the JCPTS "remain ready to provide critical capabilities in the defence of Japan".
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