By John Lee.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Iraq for 12 Firefinder Radars and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $428 million.
The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of:
- 6 AN/TPQ-36(V)11 FIREFINDER Radar Systems,
- 6 AN/TPQ-37(V)9 FIREFINDER Radars,
- 3 Meteorological Measuring Sets,
- 86 AN/VRC-92 export variant Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems,
- 12 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data Systems,
- 3 Improved Position and Azimuth Determining Systems,
- 63 M1152A1 and 3 M1151A1 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles,
- 12 M1083A1 Family of Medium Tactical Utility Vehicles,
- government furnished equipment, common hardware and software, communication support equipment, tools and test equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and technical support services, and other related elements of logistics support.
The estimated cost is $428 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. This proposed sale directly supports the Iraq government and serves the interests of the Iraqi people and the United States.
The purchase of these target acquisition radars will enhance the Iraqi Army’s foundational defense capability.
The radars will significantly reduce the vulnerability of Iraqi forces to indirect fire attacks and provide them with the information to respond to such attacks.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractors will be Thales Raytheon Systems in Fullerton, California; Smith-Detection Technologies in Edgewood, Maryland, ITT Corporation in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Raytheon Company in Fort Wayne, Indiana; and L-3 Communications in Budd Lake, New Jersey. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Iraq for a period of six weeks for equipment de-processing/fielding, system checkout, new equipment training, and logistics support.
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 and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
(Source: US DSCA)