U.S. Approves Sale of 51 RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles to Japan
The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 51 RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles and related equipment to Japan for an estimated cost of $55.311 million.
The sale is being executed through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Sept. 28.
The Government of Japan has requested to buy up to 51 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM) Block 2 Tactical Missiles, RIM-116C. Also included are RAM Guided Missile Round Pack Tri-Pack shipping and storage containers, operator manuals and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The prime contractor of the sale will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense Company, Tucson, AZ.
The DSCA statement said that 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”, the statement added.
The new RAM Block 2 Tactical missiles will provide significantly enhanced area defense capabilities for Japan over critical East Asian and Western Pacific air and sea-lines of communication.
RAM is the world’s most modern ship self-defense weapon and protects ships of all sizes. It is deployed on more than 165 ships in 11 countries, ranging from 500-ton fast attack craft to 95,000-ton aircraft carriers.
RAM is an international cooperative program between the United States and Germany. Raytheon and the German company RAMSYS share development, production and maintenance costs.