US approves sale of Aegis-class support services to Japan

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a foreign military sale (FMS) of Aegis-class destroyer sustainment support and services to Japan.

Approved by the US State Department, the total estimated cost of the FMS and associated equipment is $134m.

Under the FMS, Japan has requested to buy follow-on technical support (FOTS) of Aegis-class destroyers, Aegis computer software updates, system integration and testing, in-country and on-site engineering support, and all other necessary services.

Japan has also sought system upgrades, on-job practical operations and maintenance, combat systems integration, installation of programme patches and adaptation data, and annual service agreements, among many others.

Furthermore, the proposed sale includes US Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistical support services.

The proposed FMS is expected to ensure Japan Maritime Self Defense Force’s (JMSDF) Aegis Destroyer fleet and the Japanese Computer Program Test Sites (JCPTS) continue to enhance the country’s defence capabilities.

DSCA stated: “There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

“Implementation of this proposed sale will require the temporary assignment of five US Government and two contractor representatives to Japan.”

Source: naval-technology

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