US Approves $944 Million Sale of Missiles and Munitions to Japan and NATO

On November 19, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced that the U.S. State Department approved three missile and precision-guided munitions sales, two to Japan and one to NATO, totaling $944 million. The first $561 million sale to the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) will include eight SM-3 missiles and 13 SM-3 Block IIA missiles. In the second $63 million sale, the Japan Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF) is authorized to receive 32 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM). In the third and final $320.5 million sale, NATO’s Support and Procurement Agency will receive 2,040 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) kits and other precision-guided munitions. The three sales must now be approved by the Senate, after which sales negotiations can begin.