Kuwait requests $194m sale of radars from US


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential sale of radar field systems to Kuwait.

Under the $194m sale, Kuwait requested six short-range radars, such as the AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel F1, AN/TPS-77 or AN/TPS- 703; one long-range radar with primary surveillance radar (PSR), such as AN/TPS-77 or AN/TPS-78; and secondary surveillance radar (SSR) arrays.

The sale will also cover upgrades to airfield radome and communications systems and secure identification friend or foe (IFF) applications.

"The procurement of a radar field system would improve early warnings, enhance internal and external security, and protect the country's national sovereignty."

Kuwait has also requested site surveys, installation and checkout, site acceptance testing, interim contractor support, construction, spares, support equipment and training.

The procurement of a radar field system would improve early warnings, enhance internal and external security, and protect the country's national sovereignty.

It would enhance situational awareness for Kuwaiti security forces attempting to detect and interdict fixed and rotary-wing aircraft.

This procurement provides coverage for Kuwait's northern and eastern borders, the DSCA said in a statement.

The prime contractor will be determined by a competition between Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and the Raytheon Company.

The US aims to help Kuwait to reduce transnational threats, weapons proliferation, and the movement and support of international terrorists.