The State Department recently approved a possible $33 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Japan for AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) missiles and associated equipment, parts, and logistical support.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential sale on Dec. 12.
The primary contractor would be Raytheon [RTN].
The requested FMS would include 17 AIM-120C7 AMRAAMs, two Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs), containers, missile support, test equipment, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications, and technical documentation.
The sale would also contain U.S. Government and contractor logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
Japan requires the missiles for national defense, regional security, inventory modernization, and U.S. interoperability, DSCA said in a statement. “This sale will enhance the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s ability to defend Japan’s territory and protect critical Japanese and U.S. installations.”
DSCA noted that the proposed sale is consistent with the 1960 Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.
Implementation of the FMS would require multiple trips to Japan by U.S. government and contractor personnel for technical reviews, support, and program management over seven years. Contractor personnel would be required to conduct modification kit installation, testing, and training.