The State Department has cleared Japan’s planned $1.5 billion procurement of Lockheed Martin-built (NYSE: LMT) MK 7 Aegis combat systems and associated equipment for guided missile destroyers through the U.S.’ foreign military sales program.
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.