U.S. Approves Sale of M31 GMLRS Unitary Rocket Pods, ATACMS T2K Unitary Missiles to Bahrain

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary Rocket Pods and Army Tactical Missiles System (ATACMS) Unitary missiles to Bahrain for an estimated cost of $300 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Sept. 28.

Bahrain has requested to buy 120 Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) M31 Unitary Rocket Pods (six rockets per pod for a total of 720; and 110 Army Tactical Missiles System (ATACMS) M57 T2K Unitary missiles.

Also included are publications, personnel training and training equipment, software development, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.

According to a statement from DSCA, this proposed sale will enhance the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that has been, and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The proposed sale of the M31 GMLRS Unitary Rocket Pods and ATACMS T2K Unitary Missile will improve Bahrain’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical oil and natural gas infrastructure, and significant national events. Bahrain will use the enhanced capabilities to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats.

The prime contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control in Grand Prairie, TX.

MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS)
MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATacMS)
Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS)
GMLRS (Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System) Trials at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, USA. Photo: Mike Weston ABIPP/MOD

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