Oman, Qatar seek FMS deals

May 16, 2013 at 2:20 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 16 (UPI) -- Two U.S. allies in the Middle East are seeking to purchase Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures Systems in deals worth $210 million.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, in notifications to the U.S. Congress, said the Foreign Military Sales deals would include associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

If approved by Congress, the United States would sell two AN/AAQ-24(V) LAIRCM Systems to Oman and two systems to Qatar.

Associated equipment includes small laser transmitter assemblies, system processors/repeaters, AN/AAR-54 missile warning sensors, user data module cards and control interface units.

"The proposed sale(s) of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region," DSCA said.

The prime contractor would be Northrop Grumman. U.S. government or contractor representatives would need to travel to the countries for program and technical support and training over a period of 10 years.

"There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale," the agency said.

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