|Proposed FMS to United Kingdom - TOMAHAWK BLOCK IIIC LAND Attack Missiles
MEMORANDUM FOR CORRESPONDENTS
|November 9, 1999|
The Government of United Kingdom has requested a possible sale of 20 conventionally armed TOMAHAWK BLOCK IIIC Land Attack Missiles (TLAM), containers, engineering technical assistance, spare and repair parts, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $50 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the military capabilities of United Kingdom and enhancing weapon system standardization and interoperability of this important NATO ally.
The United Kingdom needs these missiles to augment their present operational inventory and to enhance their submarine launched capability. The missiles will enhance United Kingdom operational effectiveness in support of NATO. The United Kingdom, which already has TOMAHAWK missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Tucson, Ariz. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government and contractor representatives to United Kingdom.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.