Japan Acquiring Ballistic Missile Defense From U.S.

Posted August 13, 2015 at 5:10am

“The U.S. State Department has approved the likely sale to Japan of two Lockheed Martin Corp Aegis combat systems valued at $1.5 billion,” according to Reuters , “a deal aimed at boosting Japan’s defenses against a ballistic missile attack.”  

“The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees foreign arms sales, said the Aegis combat systems and associated equipment would be installed on two new Japanese guided missile destroyers, or DDGs, expanding Japan’s ability to carry out joint military missions with the U.S. Navy.”  

“The proposed sale, which is likely to be approved by Congress, will complete Japan’s goal of acquiring eight ships capable of ballistic missile defense… Lockheed would be the primary contractor for the Aegis weapons system, which integrate radars, computers, software, displays, weapons launchers and weapons to defend against a range of surface, aerial and underwater threats.”