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June 23, 2022

US approves sale of precision guided munitions to Nato agency

Boeing and Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as principal contractors for production.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of precision guided munitions and related equipment to the Nato Support and Procurement Agency.   

The US State Department has approved the $22.7m sale that includes 279 GBU-39/B small diameter bombs, Increment I, 204 FMU-152 fuses, 204 MK-82 500LB general purpose bombs, and 50 BLU-109 2000LB hard target penetrator bombs.

Smoke signal cartridges, engineering, and technical support, among other logistical support, are also part of the sale.

Boeing and Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as the principal contractors for production.

The principal contractor responsible for integration is likely to be decided during the course of contract negotiations.

There is no known offset deal with regards to this sale.

The sale will allow Nato to address evolving ground threats.

The increased quantity of the precision guided munitions will also help the organisation to initiate a pre-coordinated transfer of weapons, and improve interoperability within contingency operations.

The proposed sale supports the foreign policy and national security of the US.

It allows 12 Nato nations, including the UK, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, and Greece, and one enhanced opportunity partner nation, to execute contingency operations.

In November 2018, the DSCA informed Congress of a $320.5m possible foreign military sale of precision guided munition kits to the Nato agency.

The kit included 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.   

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