US approves possible sale of 32 AMRAAM to Japan

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The United States (US) State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan of thirty-two (32) AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) with support for an estimated cost of $63 million. 

According to US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the required certification notifying US Congress of the possible sale was sent August 26.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives 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 interest to assist Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability,” US DSCA said.

It added that the proposed sale of missiles will provide Japan a critical air defense capability to assist in defending the Japanese homeland and U.S. personnel stationed there. 

“Japan already has AMRAAM in its inventory and will have no difficulty absorbing the additional missiles into its armed forces,” US DSCA said.