|MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS||June 12, 1998|
The Department of Defense announced today the possible sale to the Government of Israel of PATRIOT Missile System equipment including three AN/MPQ-53 radar sets, three AN/MSQ-104 engagement control stations, three M983 tractors, nine M931A2 trucks, government furnished equipment, trailers, information coordination central, and transporters. Also included are modification kits, generators, shop and tool equipment, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, quality assurance team technical support, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $73 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
Israel needs this surface-to-air equipment to continue the upgrade of its air defense capabilities and will have no difficulty absorbing this additional equipment into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be Raytheon Electronic Systems, Bedford, Mass. Under this sale, the contractor will incur offset obligations under an existing industrial cooperation agreement.
Implementation of this proposed sale may require a quality assurance team to be in country periodically as the program proceeds.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.