US State Department approves Patriot missile sale to the Netherlands

25 September 2020 (Last Updated September 25th, 2020 14:18)

The US State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Patriot missile system to Nato member the Netherlands.

US State Department approves Patriot missile sale to the Netherlands
Israel’s MIM-104D Patriot surface-to-air missile system. Credit: Zachi Evenor.

The US State Department has approved a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Patriot missile system to Nato member the Netherlands.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified the US Congress of this potential sale.

The Netherlands had requested 34 Patriot Advanced Capability 3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles.

Additionally, the possible FMS includes eight kitted two-pack PAC-3 MSE Missile Round Trainers (MRT), six kitted two-pack PAC-3 MSE Empty Round Trainers (ERT), four PAC-3 MSE Skid Kits, one Lot of Classified PAC-3 MSE Concurrent Spare Parts (CSPs) and one Lot of Unclassified PAC-3 MSE CSPs.

The programme will also include PAC-3 MSE repair and return processing support services and other ancillary support.

Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor for this sale, which is estimated to be valued at around $241m.

The proposed sale is expected to enhance the Netherlands’ missile defence capability, and deter current and future enemy threats. The Nato member is expected not to face any difficulty in inducting the armaments into its armed forces.

In a statement, Defense Security Cooperation Agency said: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve security of a Nato ally, which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in northern Europe.”

The statement added that the sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

Earlier this month, Longbow (LBL) secured FMS contracts from the US Army to deliver radar units for the AH-64E Apache helicopters to Morocco, the Netherlands, the UAE and India.