US State Department is planning to sale Major Defense Equipment to Oman 40801162

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US State Department is planning to sale Major Defense Equipment to Oman
The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Oman of TOW 2B missiles, related equipment and support. The estimated cost is $51 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on January 6, 2016.
US State Department is planning to sale Major Defense Equipment to Oman 640 001First photos of the TOW-2 being tested at the US Army Redstone base at Huntsville, Alabama, USA

The Government of Oman has requested a possible sale of Major Defense Equipment (MDE) including four hundred Tube-launched Optically-tracked wire guided (TOW) 2B Aero, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles (BGM-71F-3-RF) seven TOW 2B Aero, RF Missile (BGM-71F-3-RF) Fly-to-Buy Missiles. The estimated value of MDE is $51 million. The total estimated cost of this effort is $51 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.

The proposed sale of the TOW 2B Missiles and technical support will advance Oman’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability. Oman will use this capability to strengthen its homeland defense and enhance operability with the U.S. and other allies. Oman will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the U.S. Government or contractor representatives to travel to Oman for multiple periods for equipment de-processing/fielding, system checkout and new equipment training.

There will be no more than three contractor personnel in Oman at any one time and all efforts will take less than fourteen weeks in total. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.