The U.S. State Department has granted approval for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Japan involving Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and related equipment.
The sale is estimated to cost approximately $104 million, as announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on August 28, 2023.
The DSCA statement read, “The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Japan of Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with Extended Range (JASSM-ER) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $104 million.”
It also stated that Congress was notified of this potential sale on the same day.
According to the sales notice, Japan has requested to purchase up to fifty AGM-158B/B-2 JASSM-ER missiles, along with JASSM Anti-jam Global Positioning System Receivers (JAGR), training missiles, and missile containers.
The package also includes “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 proposed sale aims to support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States. The notice stated, “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.”
The procurement is intended to augment Japan’s defence capabilities against current and future threats, providing advanced long-range strike systems compatible with Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) aircraft, including the F-15J.
According to the notice, “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.”