Jordan requests artillery C3 equipment from US

27 February 2020 (Last Updated February 27th, 2020 15:41)

The Jordan Government has requested to purchase up to 700 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) software licence copies from the US.

Jordan requests artillery C3 equipment from US
The US has approved the sale of up to 700 AFATDS and other supporting equipment to Jordan Armed Forces. Credit: Capt. Viet Nguyen.

The Government of Jordan has requested to purchase up to 700 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) software licence copies from the US.

Approved by the US State Department through a foreign military sale programme, the software licence copies and related equipment are valued at approximately $300m.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the deal, which is designed to help Jordan modernise its military.

The AFATDS software licence copies will be customised with international ballistic kernel for Jordan.

The requested deal includes the delivery of approximately 200 laptops and table computers with battery kits and other hardware systems, including prints, scanners, network routers and modems, and communication hardware.

Other equipment requested includes 250 5kW auxiliary power units (APUs), 100 electrical generators, 50 7800-HF 150W high-frequency radios, 500 7850-MB 50W multiband (UHF&VHF) radios and 550 7850-MB IO-Watt multiband (UHF&VHF) radios.

In addition, the contract will include the required cables and components, as well as other installation services. Support will be extended for operations, integration and maintenance and contractor furnished support services.

Raytheon Company and Harris are acting as prime contractors for the sale.

DSCA said in a statement: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of an important major non-Nato ally in the region.

“This sale is consistent with US initiatives to provide key partners in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with US forces and increase security.”

The Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) will use a digital fire control system to fire the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System-Alternative Warhead (GMLRS-AW) rockets.

The upgrade will ensure uniformity among all of the JAF’s indirect weapons and allow the country to defend its borders and ground forces with indirect fire weapon systems.