WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Government of Japan has requested to buy Follow-On Technical Support (FOTS) sustainment and services in support of eight (8) Japan AEGIS Destroyers consisting of four (4) KONGO Class Destroyers, two (2) ATAGO Class Destroyers, two (2) MAYA Class Destroyers and one (1) Japanese Computer Test Site (JCPTS), learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
The sustainment efforts will include AEGIS software updates, system integration and testing, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $140 million.
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a major ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region.
It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability.
The proposed follow-on technical support is critical to ensure the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Aegis Destroyer fleet and the JCPTS remain ready to provide critical capabilities in the defense of Japan.
Japan’s AEGIS Destroyers provide ship-based ballistic missile defense capabilities and build upon a longstanding cooperative effort with the United States to provide enhanced capability with a valued partner in a geographic region of critical importance to Japan and the United States.
Japan will have no difficulty absorbing this support into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Moorestown, NJ.
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Source: US DSCA