The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale to Japan of SM-3 Block IA Standard missiles as well as
associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are
exercised, could be as high as $458 million.
The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale of nine SM-3 Block IA
Standard missiles with MK 21 Mod 2 canisters, Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD)
upgrades to one AEGIS Weapon System, AEGIS BMD Vertical Launch System ORDALTs,
containers, spare and repair parts, publications, documentation, supply support,
U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements
of logistics support. The estimated cost is $458 million.
Japan is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the
Western Pacific and a key ally of the United States in ensuring the peace and
stability of that region. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist
Japan to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability, which
will contribute to an acceptable military balance in the area. This proposed
sale is consistent with these U.S. objectives and with the 1960 Treaty of Mutual
Cooperation and Security.
Japan's agreement to provide fuel/logistics to U.S. and allied ships supporting
Operation Enduring Freedom and its deployment of an AEGIS destroyer to the
Indian Ocean have focused new obligations on the Japan Self Defense Forces (JSDF).
The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) has four AEGIS destroyers
operating with SM-2 missiles at sea; the fifth and sixth AEGIS destroyers are
under construction. Although comparable weapons are not currently deployed in
Northeast Asia, the proposed sale of SM-3 missiles and BMD upgrades to the AEGIS
Weapon System will not significantly alter the existing military balance in the
region as the proposed sale enhances only defensive capabilities. The JMSDF is
fully capable of integrating the modified AEGIS Weapon System and SM-3 Block IA
into its operational forces and will receive data sufficient to maintain and
support the systems.
The AEGIS Weapon System and Standard missiles will be used on JMSDF ships and
will provide, in concert with JSDF PAC-3 Patriot missiles, the initial ballistic
missile defense for mainland Japan. Japan already has the upgraded AEGIS Weapon
System and SM-3 Block IA Standard missiles in its inventory and will have no
difficulty absorbing the additional upgraded Weapon System and missiles.
The principal contractors will be: Lockheed-Martin Maritime System and Sensors
Moorestown, New Jersey; Raytheon Company, Equipment Division Andover,
Massachusetts; United Defense, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential
sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of
any U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Japan.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this
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