The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of 700 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) software license copies and related equipment, worth $300 million, to Jordan under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Feb. 25.
The Government of Jordan has requested to buy up to 700 Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS) software license copies with a tailored, international ballistic kernel. Also included are up to 200 each laptop and tablet computers, ancillary computer mounting hardware, battery kits and chargers, printers, scanners, network routers and communication hardware, modems, 250 each diesel-fueled 5-kilowatt auxiliary power units (APUs), 100 each diesel-fueled electrical power generators, 50 each model 7800-HF 150-Watt high-frequency radios, 500 each model 7850-MB 50-Watt multiband (UHF&VHF) radios, 55 each model 7850-MB IO-Watt multiband (UHF&VHF) radios, all the required cables and components, required engineering and installation services, operations, integration, and maintenance services, contractor furnished support, communications support equipment, tools and test equipment, training, U.S. Government technical/logistical Support, contractor technical support, spares and support equipment, and other related elements of logistical and program support services. The prime contractors for the AFATDS and supporting equipment include Raytheon Company and the Harris Company.
Excerpts from DSCA statement:
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of an important Major Non-NATO ally in the region. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key partners in the region with modern systems that will enhance interoperability with U.S. forces and increase security.
The proposed upgrade will allow the Jordan Armed Forces (JAF) to fire Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System-Alternative Warhead (GMLRS-AW) rockets using a digital fire control system. The expansion will ensure uniformity among all indirect fire systems used by the JAF. The upgrade and expansion of the AFATDS fire control system will allow the JAF to defend its borders and ground forces with indirect fire weapon systems. This proposed sale will advance the JAF’s efforts to modernize its military and to enhance interoperability with U.S., allied, and coalition military forces. Jordan will have no difficulty absorbing these defense articles and services into its armed forces.