The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale to Japan of SM-2 Block IIIB STANDARD Missiles as well as
associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are
exercised, could be as high as $70 million.
The Government of Japan has requested a possible sale for 20 SM-2 Block IIIB
Tactical STANDARD missiles with MK 13 MOD 0 canisters; 24 SM-2 Block IIIB
Telemetry STANDARD missiles with MK 13 MOD 0 canisters and AN/DKT-71A
telemeters; conversion kits; containers; spare and repair parts; supply support;
U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements
of logistics support. The estimated cost is $70 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 this region. The U.S. Government shares bases and facilities in
Japan. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist Japan to develop and
maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is
consistent with these U.S. objectives and with the 1960 Treaty of Mutual
Cooperation and Security.
The SM-2 missiles will be used on ships of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force
fleet and will provide enhanced capabilities in providing defense of critical
sea-lanes of communication. Japan has already integrated the SM-2 Block IIIB
into ship combat systems. It maintains two Intermediate-Level Maintenance Depots
capable of maintaining and supporting the SM-2 and is upgrading these facilities
to maintain and support the newest SM variants. Japan will have no difficulty
absorbing these additional missiles.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic
military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be: Raytheon Missile Systems Company in Tucson,
Arizona; Raytheon Company of Camden, Arkansas; BAE of Minneapolis, Minnesota;
and United Defense, Limited Partnership of Aberdeen, South Dakota. There are no
offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any
additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Japan.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this
This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the
sale has been concluded.
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