Australia requests $137.6m sale of anti-radiation missiles from US
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $137.6m foreign military sale of anti-radiation missiles to Australia.
Under the sale, Australia seeks to receive up to 70 AGM-88B high-speed anti-radiation missiles (HARM) tactical missiles, 40 AGM-88E advanced anti-radiation guided missiles (AARGM) tactical missiles and 16 CATM-88B HARM captive air training missiles (CATM) for its armed forces.
The sale also covers up to 16 CATM-88E AARGM CATM, 25 AGM-88B control sections, 25 AGM-88B guidance sections, 20 AGM-88E control sections, 20 AGM-88E guidance sections, and 48 telemetry / flight termination systems.
Australia has also requested US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services.
The missiles are being procured for use on Australia's EA-18G Growler aircraft, and are expected to improve the country’s capability in current and future coalition efforts.
Australia will use the improved aircraft to deter regional threats and strengthen its homeland defence.
Orbital ATK and Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as prime contractors for the sale.
The proposed sale will contribute to the US's foreign policy and national security by helping Australia, which is an important non-Nato ally and partner that contributes significantly to peacekeeping and humanitarian operations worldwide.
The US claims it is committed to helping Australia enhance its defence capabilities.
Image: An AGM-88E. Photo: courtesy of David Monniaux.