The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Kuwait of fast patrol boats for an estimated cost of $100 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Feb. 20.
The Government of Kuwait has requested to purchase 15 fast patrol boats outfitted with 36 .50 caliber machine guns (30 installed, two per boat and six spares). This request also includes support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support.
The statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign and national security of the United States by improving the security of a friendly country. Kuwait plays a key role in U.S. efforts to advance stability in the Middle East, providing basing, access, and transit of U.S. forces in the region.
Kuwait intends to use the boats for patrol, interdiction, and maritime protection. These boats will help Kuwait develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. DSCA statement added that Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
The prime contractor will be Kvichak (a Vigor Company), Kent, Washington.