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U.S. OKs $2.15 billion sale of two Aegis Ashore systems to Japan

  • January 30, 2019
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NHK’s website and Kyodo News reported this morning that the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of the sale of two land-based Aegis Ashore systems to Japan for an estimated cost of $2.15 billion. Kyodo quoted a State Department statement as saying: “It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability,” and that “the proposed sale of this equipment and support does not alter the basic military balance in the region,” apparently in reference to Russia’s concern about the deployment of Aegis Ashore.

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