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Kuwait seeks US-made weapons for Eurofighter Typhoon fleet

By Defence Industry Europe staff

Kuwait have a green light from US State Department to buy a air-to-air missiles and bombs for its Eurofighter Typhoon multirole aircraft fleet. On July 21 US State Department has made a determination approving a possible FMS transaction for an estimated cost of $397 million.

“The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy sixty (60) AIM-120 C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs); two hundred fifty (250) MK-84 General Purpose 2000LB bombs; five hundred one (501) MK-83 General Purpose 1000LB bombs; three hundred fifty (350) KMU-556 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits for GBU-31V1 2000LB bombs; seven hundred two (702) MXU-667 Air Foil Groups (AFG) for GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II (EPW-II) 1000LB bombs; and seven hundred two (702) MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Groups (ECCG) for GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II (EPW-II) 1000LB bombs. Also included are FMU-139 Joint Programmable Fuze Systems; AMRAAM containers; weapons support and software; inert munitions, trainers, and training equipment; bomb components; spare, repair parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $397 million.” Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in press release.

The proposed sale will improve Kuwait’s ability to meet current and future regional threats. Kuwait intends to use these missiles and munitions with the Eurofighter Typhoon fleet it is acquiring. Kuwait has shown a commitment to modernizing its military and will have no difficulty absorbing these weapons into its armed forces.

The principal contractors will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense, and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, DSCA wrote in press statement.

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