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U.S. approves sale to Japan of 160 air-to-air missiles

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department has approved a planned sale to Japan of 160 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles and support equipment for $317 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Friday.

 

The agency under the Defense Department said it notified Congress of the planned sale of the AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles, an AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance section and other equipment.

 

The sale will provide Japan with “a critical air defense capability to assist in defending the Japanese homeland and U.S. personnel stationed there,” according to the agency.

 

“It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defense capability,” it said.

 

Similarly, the agency said the department has approved a planned sale to South Korea of 94 rounds of SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles and support equipment for $313.9 million.

 

The sale will allow South Korea to boost its defensive capability and interoperability with U.S. and other allied forces, the agency added.

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