US approves $104 Mn JASSM-ER missile sale to Japan

The State Department of United States has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of  JASSM-ER (Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with Extended Range) and related equipment.

Noteworthy, the Government of Japan has requested to buy up to fifty (50) AGM-158B/B-2 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with Extended Range (JASSM-ER). Also included are JASSM Anti-jam Global Positioning System Receivers (JAGR), training missiles, and missile containers; munitions support and support equipment; spare parts, consumables, accessories, and repair/return support; integration and test support and equipment; personnel training and equipment; classified and unclassified software delivery and support; classified and unclassified publications and technical documentation; transportation support; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; studies and surveys; and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The estimated total cost is $104 million.

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 Indo-Pacific region.

Further, the proposed sale will improve Japan’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing stand-off capability via advanced, long-range strike systems for employment on Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) fighter aircraft including but not limited to the F-15J.

Japan will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin, Orlando, FL.

Also, there are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.