US approves sale of Javelin guided missiles to Qatar

30 May 2016 (Last Updated May 30th, 2016 18:30)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin guided missiles and associated equipment, training and support to Qatar.

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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Javelin guided missiles and associated equipment, training and support to Qatar.

Under the estimated $20m deal, the Government of Qatar has requested 50 Javelin Guided Category I missiles and ten command launch units (CLUs) with integrated day / thermal category III sensitive sights.

The possible sale also includes ten Javelin missile simulation rounds, one enhanced basic skills trainer (EPBST), 12 batteries and ten battery coolant units.

The deal also covers US Government technical information and assistance and lifecycle contractor support (LCCS) for 24 months, or until funds are exhausted.

"This proposed sale will contribute to US foreign policy, as well as improve stability in the region."

The LCCS delivers personnel, materials, facilities, equipment, maintenance, product assurance, support services and configuration management.

The major defence equipment is estimated at a total value of $15m.

This proposed sale will contribute to US foreign policy, as well as improve stability in the region.

The sale is expected to improve Qatar's ability to address present and future threats, and provide better security for its critical oil and natural gas infrastructure.

Lockheed Martin will serve as its principal contractor.


Image: Two soldiers fire a Javelin missile. Photo: courtesy of US Army.