Bahrain seeks TOW missiles

Sept. 19, 2011 at 11:23 AM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Bahrain is seeking armored vehicles, Tow missiles and associated equipment through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the package includes 44 M1152A1B2 Armored High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicles, 200 BGM-71E-4B-RF Radio Frequency, Tube-Launched Optically Tracked Wire-Guided Missiles, seven Fly-to-Buy RF TOW-2A Missiles, 40 BGM-71F-3-RF TOW-2B Aero Missiles, seven Fly-to-Buy RF TOW-2B Aero Missiles, 50 BGM-71H-1RF Bunker Buster Missiles, seven Fly-to-Buy RF Bunker Buster Missiles (TOW-2A), 48 TOW-2 Launchers, AN/UAS-12A Night Sight Sets, spare and repair parts.

Support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment would be included in the deal, as well as U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services and other related elements of logistical and program support.

The estimated cost is $53 million.

"The proposed sale will improve Bahrain's capability to meet current and future armored threats," the agency said. "Bahrain will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense."

The prime contractors would be AM General in South Bend, Ind., and Raytheon Missile Systems Corp. in Tucson.

Implementation of this proposed sale wouldn't require the assignment of additional U.S. government or contractor representatives to Bahrain.

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