NSPA requests sale of precision guided munitions kits from US

21 November 2018 (Last Updated November 21st, 2018 12:17)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale of precision-guided munitions kits to the Nato Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).

NSPA requests sale of precision guided munitions kits from US
GBU-31 2,000lb joint direct attack munitions dropped by two F-15E aircraft. Credit: USAF / Staff Sgt Michael B Keller.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale of precision-guided munitions kits to the Nato Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA).

With an estimated cost of $320.5m, the possible deal has been approved by the US State Department.

NSPA has requested the acquisition of 500 KMU-556 F/B joint direct attack munition kits for GBU-31 2,000lb, as well as 1,000 munitions adapter unit 210 F/B enhanced computer control groups for GBU-48 1,000lb EPII.

The potential deal will also include the sale of 4,365 joint programmable fuse FMU-152 A/B for all GBU types.

“Delivery is expected to increase the quantity of precision-guided munitions within the alliance and enables their pre-coordinated transfer in support of national and Nato requirements.”

The delivery of detector sensing unit 38A/B laser kits and 33D/B proximity sensors, in addition to the wireless paveway avionics kit interfaces for Enhanced Paveway II bombs are also included in the possible sale.

With an aim to help support US foreign policy and national security objectives, the new equipment will help support and enhance the flexibility of 12 Nato nations and one Partnership for Peace nation committed to contributing to overseas contingency operations.

The 13 countries are Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

Delivery is expected to increase the quantity of precision-guided munitions within the alliance and enables their pre-coordinated transfer in support of national and Nato requirements.

Boeing will serve as the principal contractor for production of the equipment under the deal.