A country’s power is sometimes determined by how advanced its military technology is, or how much it’s willing to spend for armaments. That’s why superpower countries such as the United States, Japan, and South Korea have spent millions to upgrade its ballistic missile defense system.
Early this week, the U.S. Department of Defense announced in a press release its plan to upgrade its ballistic missile technology after it awarded several contracts with a cumulative value of roughly $2.4 billion with Lockheed Martin, a leading missile technology service provider.
Ballistic Missile Outfitting
According to the press release, the large chunk of the 2.4 billion budget allocation for the ballistic missile outfitting will be spent for the for Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (ABMD), works amounting to $204,303,604.
This awarded amount includes the total cost plus incentives. The contract’s overall value has also increased from $2,237,989,909 to $2,442,293,513.
The U.S. awarded around $2.4 billion to the firm in upgrading its integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) system. The U.S. Defense Department announced the awarding of the contract days after Japan and South Korea—both with advanced military capabilities—announced their plans to upgrade their missile launchers.
Japan, South Korea Too
Japan and South Korea have undergone major outfitting as part of their overall military program upgrade. Both countries have already signed the $490 million deal with the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program of the U.S. government, Defense News reported.
Two of Japan’s Atago-class destroyers and three of South Korea’s KDX-III Sejong-class destroyers will be outfitted by Baseline 9 IAMD. According to the report, if paired with the MK 41 launcher, the new outfitted destroyers can deliver missiles to every mission.
“When paired with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System, it is capable of delivering missiles for every mission and threat environment in naval warfare,” said the August 15 Lockheed Martin news release as quoted by Defense News.