US approves anti-ballistic missile sale to Japan
- January 11, 2018
The US Department of State has approved a $130 million SM-3 Block IIA missile sale to Japan to help counter the growing threat in the region posed by North Korea.
The sale includes four Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles, missile canisters and other technical, engineering and logistics support services.
The SM-3 Block IIA is an anti-ballistic missile that can be fired from ships or on land, using the land-based AEGIS launchers. The Japanese government plans to deploy the anti-ballistic missiles in fiscal 2021.