Tunisia orders weapon systems and equipments for its OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters

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Tunisia orders weapon systems and equipments for its OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters
The United States State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Aircraft and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $100.8 million. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced yesterday May 3rd, 2016.
Tunisia orders weapon systems and equipments for its OH 58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter 640 001Two US Army's OH-58D Kiowa Warriors from tje 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade fly toward a training range near Jalalabad, Afghanistan March 2, 2012
(Credit: US Army/Sgt. 1st Class Eric Pahon)
The Government of Tunisia has requested a possible sale of 25 Embedded GPS/Inertial (EGI) Navigation Systems (INS), 24 AN/AAR-57 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS), 10 AGM-114R Hellfire Missiles, 82 Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) Rounds

All the following systemsn are to be installed on each of the 24 EDA OH-58D aircraft: 1 SHP Rolls-Royce 250-C30R/3 Engine, 1 AN/ARC-164 UHF Radio, 1 AN/ARC-186 VHF Radio, 1 PC-DTS-V Data Recorder, 2 AN/ARC-201D Radios, 1 AN/APX-118 IFF Transponder, 1 AN/APR-39A(V)1/4 Radar Signal Detecting Set, 1 AN/AVR-2B Laser Warning Receiver, 1 M134 DH Mini-Gun, one (1) M3P Aircraft Gun System, and 2 M260 Rocket Launchers.

This request also includes 50 AN/AVS-6 Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), 500,000 12.7mm rounds for the M3P Gun System, 2.3 million 7.62mm rounds for the M134DH Mini-Gun, the A965M1 Decoy Chaff Cartridges, M211 and M212 Advance Infrared Countermeasures Munition flares, 82 MK66 MOD 4 2.75 rocket motors and 82 M152 High Explosive (HE) warheads to support the APKWS, one 1 EGI for the Combined Armament Avionics Electrical Trainers, 6 M279A1 Hellfire Launchers, associated test and support equipment, technical support, the Army’s Non-Standard Rotary Wing Aviation Program Manager’s Office (NSRWA PMO) technical support, Security Assistance Management Directorate’s (SAMD) program technical support, additional contractor support, Peculiar Ground Support Equipment (PGSE), Post Production Support Services (PPSS), Government Furnished Equipment (GFE), Retrofit Service Notice (RSN), Repair and Return (R&R), communication and navigation equipment, aircraft survivability equipment, displays, flyable storage, transportation of aircraft, publications, and training.

The total estimated value of MDE is $44.3 million. The total overall estimated value is $100.8 million.

Tunisia has been approved to receive 24 OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Helicopters via the Excess Defense Articles (EDA) Program under a separate notification. That separate notification included only the OH-58D airframes, thus this transmittal includes all the major components and customer-unique requirements requested to supplement the EDA grant transfer.

"The OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters along with the parts, systems, and support enumerated in this notification will improve Tunisia’s capability to conduct border security and combat operations against terrorists, including Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Libya, and Ansar al-Sharia, Tunisia (AAS-T). These helicopters will further modernize the Tunisian armed forces and increase its interoperability with U.S. forces and other coalition partners," the DSCA said.

"The principal contractor for this effort is unknown and will be determined during contract negotiations," the DSCA added.