The US State Department has approved the sale of air-to-ground munitions kits and equipment to the government of Singapore in a deal worth $55 million.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of the approval for the possible sale on 9 February.
Singaporean officials have requested to buy 100 KMU-556 tail kits for Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM), 900 KMU-572 tail kits for JDAM GBU-38 and laser JDAM GBU-54. JDAM guidance kits convert unguided bombs into all-weather precision-guided munitions.
The sale would include 250 MAU-169 Computer Control Groups and 250 MXU-650 Air Foil Groups for 500lb Paveway-II aerial laser-guided bombs.
The sale would also include DSU-38 laser guidance sets, reprogramming equipment, software, technical books and logistics support, spare parts, consumables, accessories, repair and return support, aircraft and munitions support.
A DSCA statement said the proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security objectives by improving the security of a strategic partner supporting political stability and economic progress in Asia.
“The proposed sale will support the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s capability to contribute to coalition operations and meet its national defence requirements. Singapore will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces,” the statement said.
US defence company Raytheon Missiles & Defense has been selected as the principal contractor for the sale, however, some equipment will come from existing US government stock.