Japan eyes shipping Patriot missiles to U.S. upon easing export rules
The Japanese government is considering exporting domestically made Patriot surface-to-air guided missiles to the United States, as it plans to relax its export rules on defense equipment later this week, a lawmaker said Wednesday.
Japan has currently limited the exports of U.S.-licensed defense products to components. The new rules, however, will not only allow parts but also completed products to be shipped at the request of a country where the manufacturing license originated.
The United States has shown interest in Japan’s supply of the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor missiles, wh...