WASHINGTON – The US State Department on Tuesday cleared six cases of foreign military sales that may have a total value of $ 1.55 billion.
The six cases in South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Croatia, Lebanon and Canada were announced on the Defense Security Cooperation Agency website.
DSCA announcements mean the State Department has decided that the potential FMS cases are up to its standards. However, this does not guarantee that the sales will take place as advertised. Once approved by Congress, the overseas customer begins negotiations on the price and quantity, which may change during the final negotiations.
Here are the details on each case:
Croatia: The largest dollar value of the FMS cases announced comes from Croatia, which plans to spend $ 757 million on the overhaul of its 76 M2A2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles. The NATO ally operates older models from the time of Operation Desert Storm and is trying to improve the capabilities.
In addition to maintenance, upgraded radios, armor and simulators, the package includes 84 M240 machine guns, 1,103 TOW 2A high-frequency missiles, 100 TOW 2B high-frequency missiles and 500 TOW Bunker Buster high-frequency missiles. Most of the work is being carried out by BAE Systems in York, Pennsylvania and Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona.
Canada: America’s northern neighbor plans to upgrade its fleet of five C-17 transport aircraft to $ 275 million.
The package includes “Modification and support of hardware and software for aircraft; Provision and support of software; Ground handling equipment; Components, parts and accessories; GPS receiver; alternative mission equipment; Publications and technical documentation; Support of contractor logistics and participation in the Globemaster III sustainability program (G3); other US government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistical support services; and related elements of program and logistics support, ”said the DSCA announcement. Boeing would do the job.
Saudi Arabia: The most unique of the six cases involved $ 350 million in support services for five years covered by the US Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia (USMTM) in Riyadh – an office of around 330 service members and US contractors are helping you to train the Saudi military.
The services included in the package are “Pay and Allowances for US Military, US Government and Foreign Employees; USMTM communications support cost; local contract costs; Construction and renovation costs of the residential area; Transportation costs; US Postal Service Support Costs; dependent education (grades K to 12); administrative costs; temporary service costs for USMTM personnel; Value Added Tax (VAT) assessed by Saudi Arabia; and future transition costs for USMTM’s relocation to a planned new residence in Saudi Arabia under DSCA.
Brazil: The Brazilian government plans to spend $ 70 million on 22 MK 54 conversion kits to convert existing MK 46 Mod 5 A (S) torpedoes into MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes. These would be equipped on the Sikorsky S-70B Seahawk helicopter fleet and their surface vessels in the country. The work would be carried out at the Raytheon Integrated Defense System facility in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Lebanon: The country plans to spend $ 55.5 million to procure 300 M1152 multi-purpose wheeled vehicles with high mobility in two tranches of 150 each. According to the DSCA, Beirut currently operates more than 1,000 HMMWVs of various types, which primarily serve to “counteract violent extremist organizations and secure their borders”.
The prime contractor would be American General, whose work will take place at its South Bend, Indiana facility. This is the first FMS case resolved for Lebanon since the Trump administration began.
South Korea: South Korea, a frequent US arms customer, is now looking to purchase two MK 15 MOD 25 Phalanx systems for short-range weapons systems, Block 1B Baseline 2, for $ 39 million. This anti-missile weapon for ships would require training and 4,000 rounds.
According to DSCA, Seoul plans to deploy the systems on board its first KDX III Batch II-class ship to provide “an effective means of detecting and countering airborne threats.” The prime contractor is Raytheon, whose work is to be carried out at its Louisville, Kentucky location.
In total, the six reports mean that the Trump administration has cleared 23 FMS cases at an estimated cost of $ 58.75 billion since October 1, the start of fiscal 2021. However, this number is increased by the inclusion of two pre-resolved cases for the Finnish fighter competition. While Finland can choose either the F-35 (for $ 12.5 billion) or the F / A-18 (for $ 14.7 billion), it would only choose one, and instead potentially still have a European bidder choose.