US approves possible sale of missile warning system to Netherlands

The U.S. State Department has  approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of BAE Systems AN/AAR-57A(V)7 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS) to the Government of the Netherlands, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

The Government of the Netherlands has requested the possible sale of thirty-two (32) AN/AAR-57A(V)7 Common Missile Warning Systems (CMWS). This would be in addition to the thirty-three (33) AN/AVR-2B laser detecting sets with various support elements included in an earlier FMS case valued at $8.2M. Also included in the amended FMS case would be mission equipment, hardware and services required to implement customer unique post modifications, communication and navigation equipment, special tools and test equipment, ground support equipment, technical data, publications, MWO/ECP, technical assistance, and training, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total case value is $58.2 million.

The DSCA delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The proposed sale will improve the Netherlands’ capability to meet current and future threats and will be employed on the Netherlands’ AH-64D Apache helicopters. The Netherlands will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense, deter regional threats, and provide direct support to coalition and security cooperation operations.

“The proposed sale will not alter the basic military balance in the region. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded”, DSCA said in the statement.

About CMWS:

Common Missile Warning System  (CMWS) consists of missile warning sensors operating in the solar-blind ultra-violet wavelengths capable of detecting incoming missile threats and an electronic control unit that informs the aircraft crew of the threat, automatically triggering flare/chaff countermeasures.

As of the end of 2009, the production CMWS, coupled with chaff/flare dispensers was deployed on approximately 1,000 Army CH-47 Chinooks, UH-60 Blackhawks, AH-64 Apaches, [R]C-12 Hurons, UC-35 Citations and C-23 Sherpa Aircraft.

Source: DSCA



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