US approves $1.5bn Aegis combat system sale to Japan


The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale worth approximately $1.5bn to Japan for DDG 7 and 8 Aegis combat system (ACS), underwater weapon system (UWS), and cooperative engagement capability (CEC).

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress about the possible sale.

Under this proposed deal, Japan is expected to receive two ship sets of the MK 7 Aegis weapon system, AN / SQQ-89A (v) 15J UWS, and CEC.

The deal will also cover the delivery of associated equipment, training, and support for its Japan Fiscal Year (JFY) 2015 and JFY2016 new construction destroyers (DDGs).

The equipment and services include two ship sets of installation support material, and special purpose test equipment, as well as the systems engineering, technical services, on-site vendor assistance, spare parts, systems training, and staging services.

"Under this proposed deal, Japan is expected to receive two ship sets of the MK 7 Aegis weapon system, AN / SQQ-89A (v) 15J UWS, and CEC."

The new deliveries will support the construction of a new ship class of DDGs and a new propulsion system. The ACS and associated support will be delivered over a six to seven-year period.

With two additional Aegis DDGs, Japan will achieve its goal of acquiring eight ballistic missile defence capable ships.

It will also offer the country with more flexibility and capability to counter regional threats and continue to improve stability in the region.

Principal contractor for this proposed deal will be Lockheed Martin.

In May, the US approved a possible foreign military sale worth approximately $199m to Japan for UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training, and logistical support.