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. Foreign Military Sale: Pakistan - TOW-2A Anti-Armor Guided Missiles
The TOW-2A Anti-Armor Guided Missile
The TOW-2A Anti-Armor Guided Missile
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 12, 2006
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan of TOW 2A Missiles as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $185 million.

The Government of Pakistan has requested a possible sale of 2,769 Radio Frequency (RF) TOW 2A Missiles, 7 RF TOW 2A Fly-to-buy Missiles, 415 RF Bunker Buster Missiles, 7 RF Fly-to-buy Bunker Buster Missiles, upgrade of 121 TOW Basic/TOW-I launchers to fire TOW II configuration for wire-guided and wireless missiles, TOW Data Acquisition Systems, gunner aiming sight, testers, cameras, spare and repair parts, technical support, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, technical data and publications, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $185 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to furthering the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping a friendly country provide for its own legitimate self-defense needs and to enable Pakistan to support U.S. operations against terrorist activity along its porous borders. In addition, these missiles have most recently been employed in several global war on terrorism operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan and have allowed, when coupled with Cobra attack helicopters, the Government of Pakistan to employ new tactics, techniques and procedures that have proven highly effective against terrorists.

Pakistan will augment its land forces with these TOW-2A anti-armor guided missiles. Pakistan will use these missiles to increase its military defensive posture and will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces.

Pakistan's existing inventory of TOW missiles will soon begin to be affected by its specified shelf life. While TOW missiles can be employed beyond their shelf life, system reliability and safety are eroded. Pakistan continues to expend TOW missiles in both training exercises and combat operations.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Raytheon Company in Tucson, Arizona.

There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Pakistan.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.

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Foreign Military Sale: Pakistan - E-2C Hawkeye 2000 Airborne Early Warning Suite for P-3s
Washington (SPX) Dec 12 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Pakistan for refurbishment and modification of three excess P-3 aircraft with the E-2C HAWKEYE 2000 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) Suite, as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $855million.

The Government of Pakistan has requested a possible sale for refurbishment and modification of three excess P-3 aircraft with the E-2C HAWKEYE 2000 Airborne Early Warning (AEW) Suite, spare and repairs parts, simulators, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, system software development and installation, ground/flight testing of new systems and system modifications, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $855 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for economic progress in South Asia and a partner in the global war on terrorism. The command-and-control capabilities of these aircraft will improve Pakistan's ability to restrict the littoral movement of terrorists along Pakistan's southern border and ensure Pakistan's overall ability to maintain integrity of its borders.

Pakistan intends to use the proposed equipment to develop an effective air defense network for its naval forces and provide an AEW surveillance and enhanced command, control, and communications capability. The addition of the AEW suites will provide Pakistan with search surveillance, and control capability in support of maritime interdiction operations. These aircraft will also increase Pakistan's ability to support the U.S. Operation Enduring Freedom operations, and provide anti-ship and anti-submarine warfare capabilities; and a control capability over land against transnational terrorists and narcotics smugglers. The modernization will enhance the capabilities of the Pakistani Navy and support its regional influence and meet its legitimate self-defense needs. Pakistan will have no difficulty absorbing the AEW platform into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Northrop Grumman Corporation, St. Augustine, Florida and Lockheed-Martin, Greenville, South Carolina. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Pakistan.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.

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Foreign Military Sale: NATO Consortium - Support for C-17 GLOBEMASTER III Aircraft
Washington DC (SPX) Dec 12 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the NATO Consortium of support for Boeing C-17 GLOBEMASTER III aircraft. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $589 million.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) requests a possible sale in support of a Direct Commercial Sale for up to four Boeing C-17 GLOBEMASTER III aircraft. This proposed sale includes up to two Pratt and Whitney F117-PW-100 spare engines, up to four AN/AAQ-24V(13) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Systems, up to fifteen AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles, Electronic Combat International Security Assistance Program software equipment, spare and repair parts, mission planning system and software, Personnel Life Support equipment, flares, COMSEC equipment, supply support, training equipment and support, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements of logistics support for use by the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) to support the aircraft. The estimated cost is $589 million.

An international consortium made up of NATO allies is forming the NATO Strategic Airlift Capability (NSAC) consortium; the ownership entity will be a chartered NATO Weapon System Partnership (WSP) of allied nations. NAMSA will administer the WSP.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of NATO and further weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S. forces. NATO is transitioning to an expanded global role, increasing the share of its burden in the Global War on Terrorism, specifically for out-of-area operations. NATO allies have agreed to increase the capability, usability, and deployability of their forces, transforming them from their Cold War territorial defense roles.

This expanded role includes peacekeeping and stability operations, as well as disaster relief around the globe. The C-17 will partially serve NATO's agreed military requirement for eight C-17 equivalents to rapidly deploy a force around the globe, including the NATO Response Force (NRF). Futhermore, member nations will be able to execute strategic airlift missions in support of national objectives, or to fulfill national contributions to multi-nation missions. This capability provides consortium member nations with an organic capability that compliments global reach efforts supported by the U.S. Air Force.

NATO does not currently have a heavy airlift capability and must rely on outside sources for its military airlift needs. This assistance normally takes the form of either U.S. Air Force airlift or contract carriers that use Russian heavy airlift aircraft. The procurement of C-17s will increase interoperability with the U.S. Air Force airlift system and will enhance relationships with NATO Strategic Airlift Capability members.

NATO has the ability to absorb and employ the C-17. It has agreed to pursue basing the C-17s at Ramstein Air Base, further adding to the synergies of operating side-by-side with U.S. Air Force systems.

Ramstein has already undergone significant NATO-funded infrastructure upgrades required to support operation of C-17s and other large aircraft, and this capability will qualify Ramstein for further NATO Security Investment program funding. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

This proposed sale will involve the following contractors:

- Boeing Company Long Beach, California

- McDonnell Douglas Training Systems, A Wholly Owned Subsidiary (Boeing Company) St. Louis, Missouri

- AAI Services Corporation Goose Creek, South Carolina, United Technologies Cooperation,

- Pratt and Whitney Military Engines East Hartford, Connecticut

- Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Additional subcontractors may be needed depending on the exact nature of the contracting arrangements established. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

This proposed sale will require Boeing to enhance a facility at Ramstein to provide C-17 logistics support under the current GLOBEMASTER Support Partnership. The proposed plan will require approximately 14 U.S. Government representatives at the facility. Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of up to eight each U.S. Government and contractor representatives in country for annual participation in training, program management, and technical review.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.

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