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Foreign Military Sale to the United Kingdom

Memorandum No. 065-M for Correspondents, Washington, April 30, 1999.

The Department of Defense announced today the possible sale to the Government of the United Kingdom of 30 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 $100 million.

This sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of the United Kingdom while enhancing weapon system standardization and interoperability; and enhancing the defense of the Western Alliance.

The United Kingdom needs these missiles to augment its present operational inventory and to enhance its 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 sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. government personnel or contractor representatives to the United Kingdom.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. -END-


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