Trump admin approves $133 million anti-ballistic missile sale to Japan

State Department Approves Possible $133.3 Million Missile Deal With Japan

Lockheed Martin Corp said on Thursday it had connected key components of its new long-range discrimination radar (LRDR) with its Aegis Ashore missile-defense system to enhance Aegis's capabilities.

The missiles, made by Raytheon Co and BAE Systems, can be launched from destroyers at sea or from a land-based system.

Amidst positive developments of dialogue resumption between the two Koreas, The US administration has approved a $133.3 million sale of anti-ballistic missiles to Japan to defend itself from a threat from North Korea.

"The government of Japan has requested a possible sale of four (4) Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) Block IIA missiles", the release said Tuesday.

The announcement comes amid the much anticipated high-level talks between the Koreas on Tuesday.

Onodera also said the government now intends to apply Aegis Ashore for intercepting ballistic missiles, but eventually hopes to develop the system to enable shooting of various types of missiles, including cruise missiles.

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Japan will use a new missile interception system on its two destroyers, equipped with U.S. Aegis missile defense systems between 2019 and 2020, local media reported on Thursday, citing sources in the government. By comparison, the Block IIA has a range of 2,500 km, or 1,350 miles.

The Aegis system is geared towards intermediate range ballistic missiles.

The most provocative moment came November 29, when North Korea said it successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile, topped with a "super-large heavy warhead" which it said was capable of striking the United States mainland.

The White House has greenlighted the sale of four interceptor missiles that Tokyo wants to buy from Washington to "fundamentally" improve its defenses.

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According to a Pentagon statement issued on Monday, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera "condemned North Korea's reckless and unlawful behavior", while talking on phone.

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