The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of System Spares for Patriot Configuration 3+ to Kuwait for an estimated cost of $200 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Dec. 29.
The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy spare parts to support their upgraded Patriot systems through the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Included in the approves sales package are one set of Authorized Stockage List (ASL), Prescribed Load List (PLL) and Higher Headquarters Battery (HHB) spare parts; one set of Authorized Stockage List (ASL), Prescribed Load List (PLL) and Higher Headquarters Battery (HHB) spare parts; one set of Fixed Site Antenna Mast Group (ATG)/Information and Coordination Central (ICC) Tethered Manstation Kit (ITMK) spare parts, transportation, organizational equipment, support equipment, tools and test equipment, technical data and publications, personnel training and training equipment, maintenance services, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support.
The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Waltham, MA.
The DSCA said in a statement that “the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East”.
The statement added that the proposed sale of these spare parts for Kuwait’s Patriot System “will improve Kuwait’s capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for critical civilian and military infrastructure”.
“The procurement of these spare parts represents a commitment by Kuwait to field and maintain systems that are interoperable with U.S. forces”, the statement noted.