|MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS||May 18, 1999|
The Department of Defense announced today that the Government of Greece has requested a possible sale of PATRIOT Missile System support equipment including spare and repair parts, interrogator sets, fuses, telemetry kits, communication security equipment, technical assistance, precision lightweight global positioning system receiver, engineering services, support and test equipment, publications and data documentation, personnel training and training equipment, technical support, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $200 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the military capabilities of Greece and furthering NATO rationalization, standardization and interoperability.
Greece 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 equipment will be provided in accordance with, and subject to the limitation on use and transfer provided under the Arms Export Control Act, as embodied in the terms of sale. This sale will not adversely affect either the military balance in the region or U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be Raytheon Corp., Andover, Mass. One or more proposed offset agreements may be related to this proposed sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of two U.S. Government personnel for two years to Greece.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.