U.S. State Department Approves Sale of AMRAAMs to Japan

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the Department of Defense agency responsible for arms sales, announced that the State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of the AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium-range Air-to-air Missile (AMRAAM) to Japan. According to the DSCA press release, the Japanese government has requested the possible sale of 56 AMRAAMs at an estimated cost of $113 million. AMRAAM is an active radar guided air-to-air missile, carrying a 22.7 kg HE warhead over a range of 55-75 km, and reaching speeds of up to Mach 4. Congress still needs to approve the sale, and a final deal will need to be agreed upon between the United States and Japan, during which time the cost and number of missiles could change.

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