WASHINGTON Dec 10 The U.S. Defense Department
on Monday notified Congress that it had approved an arms sale
valued at $421 million to Japan for upgrades to its Aegis
missile defense system built by Lockheed Martin Corp,
and related equipment.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees
foreign arms sales, said Japan had requested the upgrades as
part of the modernization of two of its Atago class destroyers.
U.S. lawmakers now have 30 days to block the deal, although
such action is rare.
If approved, Lockheed would be the prime contractor. The
sale would include the Aegis combat systems, new processors for
radar systems, display consoles and video wall screens and more
capable guns and sensors.
The Pentagon said the proposed sale would contribute to U.S.
security objectives by providing Japan with a significantly
improved air warfare capability.