U.S. Approves Sale of 51 RAM Block 2 Tactical Missiles to Japan

 In Defense, USA, Air, Japan, Forces & Capabilities

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.

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