The US State Department has approved an estimated $3.2bn potential foreign military sale of Patriot Configuration-3+ modernised fire units to Sweden.

Notified by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the sale requires Congress approval.

Under the proposed sale, Sweden has also requested for four AN / MPQ-65 radar sets, four AN / MSQ-132 engagement control stations, nine antenna mast groups, 12 M903 launching stations, 100 Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, 200 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, and four electrical power plants (EPP) III.

Additional items that form part of the sale are Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT), US Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, Systems Integration and Checkout (SICO), field office support, and other related logistics and programme support, among others.

“As a strategic partner of the US, Sweden is a key force for political stability and economic progress within the Baltic Sea region and across Europe.”

Furthermore, nearly 24 US Government and 32 contractor representatives will for an extended period provide equipment de-processing / fielding, system checkout, training, and technical and logistics support to Sweden.

Raytheon Corporation and Lockheed-Martin will serve as the prime contractors for the sale.

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As a strategic partner of the US, Sweden is a key force for political stability and economic progress within the Baltic Sea region and across Europe.

The Patriot missile system will enhance Sweden’s missile defence capability, increase the defensive capabilities of the country’s military and support interoperability with US and Nato forces.

In addition, the system will be deployed to secure its territorial integrity and promote regional stability.