News

ACCESSION NUMBER:00000
FILE ID:95091911.WWE
DATE:09/19/95
TITLE:19-09-95  UNITED KINGDOM REQUESTS PURCHASE OF MISSILES FROM U.S.

TEXT:
(Text: Department of Defense press memo) (270)

(The Department of Defense released the following Memorandum for
Correspondents September 19.)

Washington -- The Department of Defense informed the Congress today
that the Government of the United Kingdom has requested the purchase
of 65 conventionally armed Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles with related
systems and equipment, system flight tests, support and test
equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training
equipment and other related elements of logistics support. The
estimated cost is $142 million.

This sale would 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. The United Kingdom is undertaking the
implementation of a new stand-off, long-range capability with the
Tomahawk missile which will enhance United kingdom operational
effectiveness in support of NATO.

The United Kingdom would have no difficulty absorbing the missile into
its armed forces, and there would be no adverse impact on U.S. defense
readiness as a result of this sale.

The principal contractors would be Hughes Missile System Co., Tucson,
Ariz. (Tomahawk land attack missile); Lockheed-Martin Corp., Austin,
Texas (Tomahawk weapon control system); and Science Applications
International Corp., Arlington, Va., (mission planning).

It is estimated that during implementation of this proposed sale
approximately 15 U.S. Government personnel and 10 contractor
representatives would be required in country for periods ranging from
three months to two years.

The Department of the Navy would be responsible for all actions
relating to this proposed sale.
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