The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 28 TOW Improved Target Acquisition Systems (ITAS), and related equipment to Bahrain, for an estimated cost of $80 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 30, 2018.
The Government of Bahrain has requested to buy twenty-eight (28) TOW Improved Target Acquisition Systems (ITAS) and four (4) TOW Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) Floats. Also included are support equipment, government-furnished equipment, technical manuals/publications, spare parts, tool and test equipment, training, U.S. Government technical support/logistical support, contractor technical support, other associated equipment and services, and other related elements of logistics support.
A statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally which is an important security partner in the region.
The proposed sale of the TOW ITAS and technical support will advance Bahrain’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability. The ITAS will increase target detection, acquisition, recognition and engagements ranges for TOW anti-tank missiles.
The principal contractor involved in this program is Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) of McKinney, Texas.