US oks $231mn order from NATO countries for Precision Guided Munitions

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US oks $231mn order from NATO countries for Precision Guided Munitions
 
The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency for precision guided munitions, equipment, and support. The estimated cost is $231 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced today, August 11.
     
US oks 231mn sale from NATO countries for Precision Guided Munitions 640 001The NATO Support and Procurement Agency i.a. ordered 500 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Guidance Kits
(Credit: Boeing)
     
NATO Support and Procurement Agency as Lead Nation has requested a possible sale of precision guided munitions for subsequent retransfer to Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Spain. Included are: 500 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Guidance Kits, KMU-556 F/B; 40 JDAM Guidance Kits, KMU-557 F/B; 1,500 JDAM Guidance Kits, KMU-572 F/B; 1,000 MAU 210 E/B Computer Control Groups for 1,000-lb. Enhanced Paveway IIs; 300 MAU 210 E/B Computer Control Groups for GBU-49s; 1,025 MAU 169 L/B Computer Control Groups for GBU-12s; 1,350 Joint Programmable Fuzes, FMU-152 A/B; 60 Bomb Fin Assembly and Airfoil Group 650-MXU K/B for GBU-12s; 1,025 Bomb Fin Assembly and Airfoil Group, MXU-650 K/B AFG for GBU-12s. It also includes Detector Sensing Unit (DSU)-38A/B Laser sensors; DSU-33D/B proximity sensors; Wireless Paveway Avionics Kit (WIPAK) interfaces for Enhanced Paveway II bombs; FMU-139C/B electronic bomb fuzes; repair and return services; transportation; engineering services; and other support services. The estimated value is $231 million.

"The proposed sale improves NATO members' capability to meet current and future ground threats with precision. They will use the enhanced capacity as a deterrent to regional threats, and to increase interoperability within contingency operations. Many of the purchasing nations already have precision-guided munitions in their inventories and will have no difficulty absorbing these additional munitions," the DSCA stressed.

The prime contractors for production are the Boeing Corporation of St Louis, Missouri, and Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona.

 

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