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09 February 1998

TEXT: PATRIOT-ROLAND AGREEMENT SIGNED BETWEEN U.S., GERMANY

(Transfers title to weapons systems from U.S. to Germany) (270)



Munich -- Secretary of Defense William Cohen and German Minister of
Defense Volker Ruehe signed an agreement February 7 under which the
United States will transfer title to 21 U.S.-owned Roland weapons
systems and 12 Patriot systems to Germany.


The Germans will man, maintain and operate the Roland and Patriot
systems for use throughout the NATO area of operations.


Following is the text of the DOD announcement:



(Note: In the following text, "billion" equals 1,000 million.)



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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

February 7, 1998



PATRIOT-ROLAND AGREEMENT SIGNED



In a ceremony today in Munich, Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen
and German Minister of Defense Volker Ruehe signed the follow-on
Implementing Amendment to the 1983 Agreement on Cooperative Measures
for Enhancing Air Defense for Central Europe. The agreement permits
the transfer of title of 21 U.S.-owned and German-manned Roland weapon
systems and 12 Patriot fire units to the Germans.


The Germans will man, maintain and operate the Roland and Patriot
systems for use throughout the NATO area of operations in accordance
with NATO plans and mutually agreed upon U.S. and German missions.
Informally, the U.S. Army has estimated the total value of the
financial compensation, including equipment and mission, at $2.1
billion.


The original agreement, signed in 1983, provided for a barter of
offsets, purchases and mission capability based on German manning.
This is an important agreement for continued U.S.-German armaments
cooperation.


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