The United States began to help the Japanese Self-Defense Force Aegis destroyer upgrade
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force commissioned by the Navy’s newest Aegis warships DDG178
Ashigara No. According to U.S. Defense News July 7, 2009 July 2 report, the U.S. Department of Defense awarded Lockheed Martin a $ 7 million in foreign military sales contract for the Japanese “Atago-class” and “King Kong” class destroyer “Aegis” system modernizing support. The contract has been granted previously made changes to a contract, is expected to be completed in early 2010.
a U.S. Department of Defense announced that the amendment also includes a number of options, if implemented, the cumulative value of the contract will increase by 4.1 billion dollars. Contract includes specific work to prepare the price and availability requests and respond to, conduct research, develop technology to support the U.S. Navy to resolve product protection control program, computer program changes, as well as cooperation between the U.S. and Japan, for the two systems development interface.
Japan in the 1990s built 4 “King Kong” class destroyer, in 2007 and 2008 and were served a 2 “Atago” class destroyers.
and missile tests in North Korea issued a threat of force, Japan has embarked on sea-based ballistic missile defense capability improvements. (China Shipping Information Center Lu Qiang)