Pentagon OKs Aegis Tech Sale to Japan

The U.S. Defense Department on Monday said it had authorized a $421 million sale of technology to Japan for enhancements to Aegis ballistic missile defenses deployed on two warships.

The updates would include radar signal processors, more advanced vertical launch technology, computer software upgrades, and better firing and detection systems, according to a notice to Congress from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin would be the lead supplier for the technology.

"The proposed sale of Aegis components to Japan will contribute to U.S. security objectives by providing a significantly improved air warfare capability. This sale will enhance Japan’s Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) capabilities by modernizing and upgrading the Aegis technology on its two Atago-class destroyers," the Pentagon agency said in a press release. "The government of Japan can easily integrate the capabilities of these upgraded Aegis weapon systems into its concept of operations. Japan will have no difficulty absorbing these systems into its armed forces."

Congress is authorized to prohibit the sale within 30 days of receiving the notice. That does not occur often, Reuters reported.

December 11, 2012
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The U.S. Defense Department on Monday said it had authorized a $421 million sale of technology to Japan for enhancements to Aegis ballistic missile defenses deployed on two warships.