Reference News Network reported on April 11 that foreign media said that the US Defense and Security Cooperation Agency issued a statement on April 9 that the US State Department had approved the sale of 56 Standard -3IB missiles to Japan at a price of about $1.15 billion.
In addition to the Standard - 3IB missile, the deal also includes missile packaging, technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services, as well as overall logistics and project support, according to a report on the US diplomats website on April 10.
It is noteworthy that the deal still needs approval from the US Congress, and the number and price of Japans latest batch of Standard - 3IB missiles may change before the final sales agreement is reached.
The proposed arms sales will enhance Japans ballistic missile defense capability to assist in defending Japanese territory and US personnel stationed in Japan, the Defense and Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement. The Japanese Armed Forces can easily accommodate these additional missiles.
The US State Department previously approved the sale of eight Standard - 3IB missiles and 13 Standard - 3IIA missiles to Japan in November 2018 at a price of about $561 million.
Reported that these missiles will be deployed in Japans Aegis destroyer and land-based Aegis system, the latter is the Aegis combat system of the land-based version - deployment time of 2025.
In January, the State Department approved the sale of two land-based Aegis anti-missile systems to Japan. These two systems will be deployed in Akita and Yamaguchi prefectures of Japan, capable of launching Standard - 3IIA, Standard - 3IB and Standard - 6 interceptors.
The State Department says the initial purchase price for new weapons systems is about $2.15 billion. The total cost of procurement and deployment of two land-based Aegis systems may exceed $4 billion. According to the Ministry of Defense, the cost of maintenance and operation in the next 30 years is estimated to be about US$4.18 billion.
The report points out that the Standard - 3IB interceptor is an upgraded version of Standard - 3, equipped with enhanced dual-color infrared seeker, and its steering and propulsion performance has been upgraded. The missile was first tested in 2011 to intercept the target of an incoming short-and medium-range ballistic missile. The weapon system was first put into use in the U.S. Navy in 2014.
Japans last test launch of Standard - 3IB was in 2018. In September of that year, the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer Aimi launched the Standard - 3IB interceptor bomb and shot down a simulated ballistic missile target outside the atmosphere. The target was launched from the Bakin Sands Pacific Missile Test Site in Kauai, Hawaii.
The test launch is part of an ongoing joint U.S. -Japan project aimed at upgrading two Aimi-class missile destroyers of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The Aegis baseline 9/BMD5.0 (J6) combat system specially designed for sea-based anti-missile is adopted at the Aimi level.
DATA FIGURE: The Standard-3IIA missile was successfully intercepted from the ground-based Aegis. (Defense News Weekly website)
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Wang Xu_NBJS8023