WASHINGTON, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has approved the possible foreign military sale of TOW 2B missiles and supporting equipment to the government of Oman.
The proposed sale, valued at approximately $51 million, includes four hundred Tube-launched Optically-tracked Wire-guided Radio Frequency missiles, in addition to seven TOW 2B Fly-to-Buy missiles.
The U.S. Defense and Security Cooperation Agency in its required notification to Congress notes the sale would support Oman's effort to build its ground defenses and bolster the country's national security and defensive capabilities, and cites the country's political and economic importance in the region.
The TOW missile weapon system was developed and manufactured by U.S.-based defense contractor Raytheon. The system is designed for heavy anti-armor, anti-fortification and anti-amphibious assault with long-range precision.
Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as the principal contractor.