U.S. State Department OKs missile sale to Japan worth $3.3 billion

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of missiles to Japan with an estimated cost of $3.3 billion (2.7 billion pounds), a Pentagon agency said on Tuesday.

The prime contractors for the sale of up to 73 Standard Missile-3 and MK 29 Canisters are Raytheon Co RTN.N and BAE Systems Plc BAES.L, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a major ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region,” the statement said.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham