Trump Administration OKs $130M Missile Defense Sale To Japan

Trump Administration OKs $130M Missile Defense Sale To Japan

The principal contractors for this FMS will be Raytheon [RTN] for the missiles and BAE Systems for the missile canisters. "It will also improve (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's) interoperability with US missile defense systems, and increase the protection for USA installations in the region".

"As North Korea has not changed its stance of continuing nuclear and missile development, Japan believes that it is important to increase the worldwide community's pressure on North Korea under the leadership of Japan, the United States and the ROK while maintaining close co-operation between the three countries", the minister said.

With this technology, the Aegis missile-defense system - a collection of radar stations and interceptors - will be simultaneously able to detect threats from longer distances and combat targets with reduced reaction time, the U.S. The report further said the U.S. Navy plans to steadily introduce the engage-on-remote system to its Aegis vessels.

Tokyo says a system installed at a stationary site will reduce the workload of the Self-Defense Forces in preparing for missile intercepts, compared to the sea-based operations of destroyers that need to return to port for refueling and other purposes. Consequently, the government intends to carefully gauge the US side's intentions on this issue. This was the 27th consecutive kill of a test ICBM by the Aegis system.

North Korea continued its nuclear advances despite condemnation from the worldwide community.

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The White House has greenlighted the sale of four interceptor missiles that Tokyo wants to buy from Washington to "fundamentally" improve its defenses.

Japan will have a fleet of eight Aegis destroyers in 2020, following the construction of new ships and upgrades to others.

Reuters reported in December that the cost of building two Aegis Ashore batteries without the missiles would be at least $2 billion and it was not likely to be operational until 2023 at the earliest.

The Aegis system is geared towards intermediate range ballistic missiles.

The principal contractors on the potential sale are Raytheon Missile Systems and BAE Systems, DSCA said in a January 9 announcement.

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