The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of a
possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan of SM-3 Block 1A Standard missiles
as well as associated equipment and services.
The government of Japan has requested the sale of 9 SM-3 Block 1A missiles with
MK 21 Mod 2 canisters, Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) upgrades for one AEGIS
weapon system, vertical launch system ORDALT upgrade kits, containers, spare and
repair parts, supply support, etc. The total value of this potential FMS with
all options exercised could be as high as $725 million.
Japan will use the Standard missiles and the remaining articles to replace or
update older and less reliable missiles in the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force
The acquisition of long range SM-3 missiles represents a huge leap for Japanese
Navy anti-ballistic capability. China and specially North Korea pose a major
concern due to their impressive ballistic missiles inventories as well as their
newest developments featuring longer range and advanced capabilities.
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