The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers to Lithuania.

The potential sale of the launchers along with related equipment, worth over $495m, was approved by the US State Department.

Lithuania seeks to procure eight M142 HIMARS launchers, 36 M30A2 guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS) alternative warhead missile pods with insensitive munitions propulsion systems, and 36 M31A2 GMLRS unitary high explosive missile pods.  

The Nato member also placed an order for M28A2 low-cost reduced-range practice rocket pods, international field artillery tactical data systems, ruggedised laptops, training equipment publications, battle management system vehicle integration kits, and logistics support.

Lockheed Martin will be the principal contractor for the FMS.   

The potential sale will also require the deployment of representatives from either the US Government or the contractor agency to Lithuania. The authorities concerned will provide support with equipment fielding, training, and programme management reviews.

The proposed sale of the equipment and related services is expected to help Lithuania update its armed forces to fight regional threats.

It will also enable the country to increase interoperability with its allies, including the US.

In a statement, the DSCA said the proposed FMS to Lithuania aligns with the US’ foreign policy and national security goals.

Earlier this year, the Lithuanian Ministry of National Defence announced the commencement of a procurement process to buy 26 ‘mini’ and nine ‘small’ variants of uncrewed aerial vehicles.