FMS: Israel to Procure Various Munitions and Weapon Systems

Released on Friday, August 3, 2007
GBU-10 Paveway II
GBU-12 Paveway II
GBU-16 Paveway II
GBU-28 Bunker Buster
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
GBU - Guided Bomb Unit
JDAM - Joint Direct Attack Munition
WASHINGTON, August 3, 2007 - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Israel of various munitions and weapon systems as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $465 million.

The Government of Israel has requested a possible sale of 10,000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) tail kits; 2,500 PAVEWAY II full kits for the MK-82 warhead; 500 PAVEWAY II full kits for the MK-83 warhead; 1,000 PAVEWAY II full kits for the MK- 84 warhead; 10,000 MK-84 live bombs; 1,500 MK- 82 live bombs; 2,000 BLU-109 live bombs; 50 GBU-28 guided live bombs; 10,000 FMU-139 live fuze components; and 10,000 FMU-152 live fuze components. Also included: Containers, bomb components, spare/repair parts, publications, documentation, personnel training, training equipment, contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related support elements.

Israel's strategic position makes it vital to the United States' interests throughout the Middle East. Our policy has been to promote Middle East peace, support Israeli commitment to peace with other regional Arab countries, enhance regional stability and promote Israeli readiness and self-sufficiency. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives.

The proposed sale will contribute significantly to U.S. strategic and tactical objectives. Israel will maintain its qualitative edge with a balance of new weapons procurement and upgrades supporting its existing systems. To support this objective, the United States must provide timely and robust assistance that will help protect the sovereignty of the State of Israel. Israel, which already has these munitions in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional kits.

The principal contractors will be:

McDonnell Douglas Corporation (subsidiary of the Boeing Company), St. Charles, Missouri

Alliant Techsystems Incorporated, Janesville, Wisconsin

Alliant Techsystems Incorporated Clearwater, Florida

Lockheed-Martin Aerospace Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas

Northrop Grumman Company, Los Angeles, California

Honeywell Corporation Clearwater, Florida

General Dynamics, Garland, Texas

There are no known offset agreements in connection with this proposed sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Israel.

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; it does not mean that the sale has been concluded.

Source: Israel - Various Munitions and Weapon Systems

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