According to Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the government of Australia has requested to buy up to 63 AARGM-ER missiles and up to 20 AARGM-ER Captive training Missiles (CATMs).
The US State Department approval also includes “AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range Dummy Air Training Missiles (AARGM-ER DATMs), containers, component parts and support equipment; Repair of Repairables; software (Classified and Unclassified); publications (Classified and Unclassified); training (Classified and Unclassified); transportation; U.S. Government and Contractor engineering support; and other related elements of logistical and program support.”
The estimated cost of the possible contract is USD 506 million. The prime contractor will be one of the leading American defence companies, Northrop Grumman.
“The proposed sale will improve Australia’s capability to meet current and future threats by suppressing and destroying land or sea-based radar emitters associated with enemy air defenses. This capability denies the adversary the use of its air defense systems, thereby improving the survivability of Australia’s tactical aircraft. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces”, DSCA said in a statement.