Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

US to sell missiles worth over $133 mn to Japan

US to sell missiles worth over $133 mn to Japan

The US State Department has approved the sale, and the DSCA has notified Congress of the pending sale. This was the 27th consecutive kill of a test ICBM by the Aegis system. The missiles are fired out of the Mk 29 Sea Sparrow Guided Missile Launching System that can be deployed on land and sea.

"The proposed sale will provide Japan with an increased ballistic missile defense capability to assist in defending the Japanese homeland and US personnel stationed there", the agency states.

Soldiers from the Japan Air Self-Defense Force set up PAC-3 surface-to-air missile launch systems during a temporary deployment drill at US Yokota Air Bace in Tokyo on August 29, 2017.

News of the sale comes as North and South Korea hold their first talks in more than two years aimed at solving the crisis over the North's nuclear missile program. This would boost the number of interceptors available to counter a volley of missiles launched by North Korea.

Japan will use a new missile interception system on its two destroyers, equipped with U.S. Aegis missile defense systems between 2019 and 2020, local media reported on Thursday, citing sources in the government.

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Tokyo says a system installed at a stationary site will reduce the workload of the Self-Defense Forces in preparing for missile intercepts, compared to the sea-based operations of destroyers that need to return to port for refueling and other purposes.

The installation of the systems will constitute a violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Moscow and the USA, she argued, noting that the US-made ballistic defense systems are equipped with universal launchers that could carry all types of missiles.

The Japanese government is looking to strengthen its missile defense system amid the growing North Korean threat.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis spoke with Japan Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera on Monday to discuss a range of US-Japan Alliance matters and reaffirmed US commitments to the defense of Japan - pledging to work closely with his Japanese counterpart to bolster critical Alliance capabilities.

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