USA to sell missiles worth over Dollar 133 million to Japan

State Department Approves Possible $133.3 Million Missile Deal With Japan

State Department Approves Possible $133.3 Million Missile Deal With Japan

Japan announced its decision to expand its ballistic missile defenses in December using USA systems, including the ground-based Aegis radar and interceptor missiles. This second vessel would use the information for targeting and shooting down the North Korean missiles. That system would be based on the land-based missile defense facilities the US Navy has deployed in Romania and is preparing to activate in Poland.

The principal contractors for this FMS will be Raytheon [RTN] for the missiles and BAE Systems for the missile canisters.

While Pyongyang refused to discuss the topic of denuclearization with Seoul, the head of the North Korean delegation at the talks, Ri Son Gwon, told media that all North Korean weapons "including atomic bombs, hydrogen bombs and ballistic missiles" are aimed exclusively at the U.S. and should not be deemed to pose threat to the self-isolated country's neighbors.

"As North Korea has not changed its stance of continuing nuclear and missile development, Japan believes that it is important to increase the global community's pressure on North Korea under the leadership of Japan, the United States and the ROK while maintaining close co-operation between the three countries", the minister said.

Some defense experts say the SM-6, the next-generation interceptor missile, can shoot down a cruise missile if it is deployed to the Aegis Ashore.

Sea-based Aegis systems are capable of intercepting ballistic missile at altitudes of over 310 miles. This would boost the number of interceptors available to counter a volley of missiles launched by North Korea. The engage-on-remote system will be introduced to the two new vessels scheduled to be completed in fiscal 2019 and 2020 at a cost of about ¥170 billion each.

The Japanese government also considers a possibility to install this interception system on some other warships after carrying out necessary technical upgrade, the news outlet added.

Japan's missile defence is planned to be strengthened by equipping the Aegis systems with a new type of SM3 Block2A missile, the range of which is nearly three times higher than those of the SM3.

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

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