Singapore requests sale of XM395 precision mortar rounds from US


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale of XM395 accelerated precision mortar initiative (APMI) rounds to Singapore.

Under the estimated $66m sale, the Government of Singapore has requested 2,000 XM395 APMI rounds for its armed forces.

The sale also covers US Government and contractor services, as well as support equipment.

The procurement of these defence articles and services is expected to strengthen Singapore's homeland defence and provide greater security for its economic infrastructure.

“The procurement of these defence articles and services is expected to strengthen Singapore's homeland defence and provide greater security for its economic infrastructure."

DSCA claimed that the proposed sale will contribute to the US's foreign policy and national security by helping  Singapore, an important partner and force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia-Pacific region.

Orbital ATK will serve as the prime contractor for the proposed sale to Singapore.

The XM395 precision mortar has been designed to provide brigade commanders with an organic, accurate indirect fire capability to neutralise targets on reverse slopes, as well as in narrow gullies, urban areas and other complex terrains where they are difficult to engage with low-angle fire, Orbital ATK stated.

The mortar's accuracy is said to help the commander to engage fleeting targets with improved success and reduces the number of rounds required to successfully defeat targets.

Compatible with all 120mm, smoothbore mortar systems, XM395 combines GPS guidance and directional control surfaces into a solution that replaces standard fuses.