As Japan continues to gear up under its new military rules of engagement statutorily replacing its “pacifist constitution” with a new set a laws (under the power of money laws can be made and revoked as easily as they are made) to allow Japan’s military to be deployed outside of Japan, new weapons and munitions sales are getting ready to boom (pun intended). Weapons and munitions procurement of American manufactured equipment by Japan will probably be moved quickly through logistics channels and will assume skirting American contract procurement laws like 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(4). This seems to be the case with Japan acquiring the RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) for deployment on ships as a surface-to-air weapons system. This slick and expensive weapons system is manufactured by Raytheon and in this contract, Japan signed for US$14,053,986 for material, parts, assembly, testing, and delivery of RAM Block 2 MK 44 Mod 4 guided missile round packs to Japan.
Japanese warships arrived in the Philippines Tuesday, April 26 signaling the strengthening of cooperation between Tokyo and Manila and in an effort to “balance Beijing’s growing influence in the South China Sea”. Looks as though to make that military statement loud and clear to the Chinese, those Japanese frigates will require additional firepower. The RAM weapons system is just what the war doctor ordered. Earlier this year, Japan’s emperor made an official visit to Philippines to diplomatically pave the way for military cooperation between japan and the Philippines made possible with sales of American manufactured weapons.
And if Japan thinks it is going to negotiate a return of the Kuril Islands to Japan from Russia, Japan needs to rethink that diplomatic objective because it isn’t going to happen. With Anglo-American and Japanese military cooperation in the Pacific continuously increasing, there is no way Russia would return the Kuril Islands to Japan only to have American military assets parked in the Kuril Islands that Russia may consider a threat to its Pacific naval fleet. Russia is watching Japan’s military intentions very closely and there is no doubt Moscow is not aware that Japan sent a record number of flights to the East China Sea to monitor Chinese encroachment into Japanese air space.
And now for a little expensive demo just to show those bad Chinese the Japanese mean business…