U.S. State Dept. Approves Possible Sale of Five AEGIS Weapons Systems to Spain

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Spain of five AEGIS Weapons Systems (AWS) for an estimated cost of $860.4 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June 26, 2018.

The Government of Spain has requested to buy five AEGIS Weapons Systems (AWS) MK7, six shipsets Digital Signal Processing, five shipsets AWS Computing Infrastructure MARK 1 MOD 0, five shipsets Operational Readiness Test Systems (ORTS), five shipsets MK 99 MOD 14 Fire Control System, five shipsets MK 41 Baseline VII Vertical Launching Systems (VLS), two All-Up-Round MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes, 20 SM-2 Block IIIB missiles and MK 13 canisters with AN/DKT-71 warhead compatible telemeter.

Also included are one S4 AWS computer program, five shipsets Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Satellite Communications (SATCOM), five shipsets AN/SRQ-4 radio terminal sets, five shipsets ordnance handling equipment, five shipsets Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Modules (SAASM), five shipsets aviation handling and support equipment, five shipsets AN/SLQ-24E Torpedo countermeasures systems, five shipsets LM04 Thru-Hull XBT Launcher and test canisters, one shipset MK 36 MOD 6 Decoy Launching System, five shipsets Link Level COMSEC (LLC) 7M for LINK 22, five shipsets Maintenance Assist Module (MAM) cabinets, five shipsets technical documentation, five shipsets installation support material, special purpose test equipment, system engineering, technical services, on-site vendor assistance, spare parts, systems training, foreign liaison office and staging services necessary to support ship construction and delivery, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, support equipment, repair and return support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistic and program support.

According to a statement from DSCA, the proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a NATO ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe and it is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist Spain in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.

The addition of five new AEGIS equipped frigates (F110 class frigates) to Spain’s fleet will afford more flexibility and capability to counter regional threats and continue to enhance stability in the region. Spain currently operates 5 AEGIS frigates and is proficient at using the AEGIS system to its fullest capability. Spain has demonstrated the capability, flexibility, and responsibility necessary to acquire this AEGIS system into its fleet and will continue to operate it as required to ensure interoperability as a highly valued NATO partner.

The prime contractors will be Lockheed Martin, Moorestown, NJ, and Manassas, VA; Raytheon Company, Waltham, MA; and General Dynamics, Williston, VT.

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