by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) May 16, 2016
Egypt's procurement of Harpoon missiles for its submarines through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program has gained State Department approval.
The U.S. defense Security Cooperation Agency, which administers the FMS program, notified Congress that the possible deal carries a value of about $141 million.
The sale would include 20 UGM-84L Harpoon Block II encapsulated missiles, two encapsulated Harpoon certification training vehicles and equipment such as containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, plus logistics support.
"The proposed sale of these submarine-launched missiles will support the Egyptian Navy's Type 209 submarines, increasing its anti-surface warfare and maritime security capabilities," the agency said.
The prime contractor for the sale would be Boeing. Annual trips to Egypt involving U.S. government and contractor representatives for technical reviews, support, and oversight would be required for about five years.
Thousands of Hellfire missiles for UAE
The air-to-surface missiles, as well as training and technical assistance, would be acquired through a U.S. Foreign Military Sales deal worth an estimated $476 million.
The supply of the missiles, approved by the U.S. State Department, would take place in increments over three years, said the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which manages the FMS program.
"This proposed sale will enhance the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a partner country, which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," it said in its notification to Congress.
"The proposed sale will improve the UAE's capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical infrastructure. The UAE will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense."
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