Japan wants two sets of the Aegis defense weapon platform, underwater surveillance and communication technology and cooperate engagement capability as well as equipment, spares and vendor services within six to seven years, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Friday.
The country would use the weapons on its DDG 7 and DDG 8 guided missile destroyers.
DSCA said Japan also asked the U.S. government to designate Data Link Solutions as a primary contractor for multifunctional information distribution systems as part of the FMS agreement.
An undisclosed number of subcontractors working with the U.S. Navy could also deliver components and engineering services through the deal.
The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force JS Kirishima (DDG-174) Kongō class guided missile destroyers departs Pearl Harbor for participation in RIMPAC 2014. The Kongō class employs the highly advanced Aegis fire control system and is armed with the RIM-66 SM-2MR Block II surface-to-air missile, RUM-139 vertically launched anti-submarine rocket, the RGM-84 Harpoon anti-ship missile, two Mark 15 20 mm CIWS gun mounts, two torpedo mounts in a triple tube configuration, and an Oto Melara 127 mm/54 caliber gun.