The Ministry of Defense earmarked 480.4 billion yen for the U.S.’s Foreign Military Sales program in its budgetary request for fiscal 2018. The amount is 34%, or 120.8 billion yen, higher than what it requested in fiscal 2017. This was learned from a document that the ministry submitted to Seiken Akamine, a Lower House member with the Japanese Communist Party.
The equipment that MOD plans to purchase via the FMS program in fiscal 2018 includes F-35 fighter jets capable of attacking enemy bases, the Global Hawk unmanned surveillance aircraft, SM-3 block 2A missile interceptors, and Osprey aircraft. Though some members of a MOD section in charge of procurement opposed the purchase of the Global Hawk due to a projected price increase of 25%, the ministry included it in the budget request. (Abridged)