To fortify its defence capabilities, Japan is set to acquire 63 advanced Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2B Tactical Missiles. 

The US State Department’s approval of this $74.6m deal underscores the commitment to reinforcing regional stability in the Indo-Pacific.

The Government of Japan’s pursuit of 63 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2B Tactical Missiles and ancillary equipment and support have catapulted the bilateral security alliance between the two nations to new heights. Japan previously purchased 51 RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles in 2020.

The acquisition includes the RAM missiles and supplementary components such as RAM Guided Missile round pack tri-pack shipping and storage containers, training equipment, operator manuals, and technical documentation. 

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Additionally, the agreement encompasses an array of support services, ranging from engineering and logistics to establishing an Intermediate Level Maintenance Facility.

This deal serves as a testament to the United States’ dedication to enhancing the security of its strategic ally in the Indo-Pacific region. By equipping Japan with advanced RAM Block 2B Tactical Missiles, the US aims to empower the nation to effectively navigate and safeguard air and sea lines of communication, thus bolstering its self-defence capabilities.

The Raytheon Missiles and Defense Company, headquartered in Tucson, AZ, will serve as the principal contractor for this endeavour.

This year, Raytheon Missiles and Defence, a subsidiary of Raytheon Technologies Corporation, secured a $43.6m contract modification from the US Navy for Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2b Guided Missile Round Pack requirements. The contract supported the US Navy’s efforts to enhance self-defence against advanced threats, including high-speed anti-ship cruise missiles. 

The US Department of Defense also granted a contract modification to Raytheon Missiles and Defense for Rolling Airframe Missile Mod 5 guided missile launching system requirements for the US Navy and German Navy, valued at over $57.2m.

In 2021, the US State Department gave the green light to a foreign military sale involving 168 Rolling Airframe Missile Block 2 tactical missiles to Egypt, estimated at $197m.