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May 14, 2015

Japan to purchase UGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles from US

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to Japan for UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

By Samseer M

Harpoon missile

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to Japan for UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress about the possible sale that is estimated at $199m.

Under this proposed deal, Japan is expected to receive 48 UGM-84L Harpoon Block II Missiles, containers, spare and repair parts, support equipment and publications as well as technical documentation.

The deal will cover personnel training and training equipment, the US Government and contractor logistics and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

Japan is expected to use the new the Harpoon Block II missiles to supplement its existing missile capability.

"Japan is expected to use the new the Harpoon Block II missiles to supplement its existing missile capability."

Mainly aimed to strengthen Japan’s Maritime Self Defence Force capabilties, the sale will improve the interoperability with US Naval forces as well as contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US.

Principal contractor for this proposed deal will be Boeing.

The Harpoon Block II missiles are all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship weapons that are designed to execute both land-strike and anti-ship missions against a range of targets.

Capable of offering precise long-range guidance for land and ship targets, the missile also protects coastal defence sites, surface-to-air missile sites, exposed aircraft, port / industrial facilities and ships within the port.


Image: A Harpoon missile is being launched from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by mass communication specialist third-class Kevin V. Cunningham / Released 140915-N-UF697-087.

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