US approves possible foreign military sale to South Korea, Japan

US approves possible foreign military sale to South Korea, Japan

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Washington, May 18 : The US state department in a possible foreign military sale to South Korea and Japan has approved 313.9 and 317 million dollar defence equipments to both the countries, according to the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) a unit of the US department of defense on Friday said on its website " The Republic of Korea had requested to buy up to 94 SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles along with associated equipment and training, including 12 MK 97 MOD 0 guidance sections. South Korea’s military already uses the SM-2, and is in the process of building more missile-defense capable destroyers that use the weapon.

Further, The Government of Japan had requested to buy 160 AIM-120C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), and (1) AIM-120C-7 AMRAAM guidance section, DSCA added.The total estimated program cost for South Korea and Japan is at $313.9 million and $317 million. As South Korea and Japan are considered to be one of the closest allies of the US, the proposed sale intends to ensure peace and stability in the region.

It also plays an important role in assisting Japan in developing and maintaining a strong and effective self-defence capability. The proposed sale of the missiles will provide Japan a critical air defence capability to assist in defending the Japanese homeland and US personnel stationed there. It will provide a defencive capability while enhancing interoperability with US and other allied forces.

In March this year, South Korea recieved two F-35 stealth fighter jets. The deal to purchase 40 F-35 A was signed in 2014 at about 6.8 million dollar and set to be completed in 2021. Meanwhile, in December 2018, Japan decided to expand its defence spending to $240 billion upto 2023. According to the governement of Japan, the defence budget is likely to touch $47 billion in fiscal 2019. Growing Chinese dominance in the region and North Korea's nuclear missile threat has made South Korea and Japan to expand their defence base. UNI