The US State Department has approved Latvia to purchase a Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System and the Czech Republic to refurbish AH-1Z Viper and UH-1Y Venom helicopters in two possible foreign military sales worth around US$110 million and US$650 million, respectively.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified the US Congress of both possible sales on 2 and 3 May, respectively.
The government of Czech Republic has requested to buy equipment and services to refurbish six AH-1Z twin-engine attack helicopters and two UH-1Y medium military helicopters. Additional equipment includes 22 GE 401C engines, GPS systems, four M240 machine guns, 24 COMSEC radios, electronic warfare systems, parts, engineering and logistics support. Bell Helicopter and General Electric Company will act as the principal contractors.
“The proposed sale will improve the Czech Republic’s ability to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defence capability,” the DSCA statement said on 3 May.
“The Czech Republic will have no difficulty absorbing these defence articles and services into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and services will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”
The deal would require multiple US government and contractor representatives to attend in-country for 60 months and two years, respectively, to support the program.
The government of Latvia has requested to purchase a Naval Strike Missile Coastal Defense System with tactical, telemetered and training missiles, as well as mobile operational platforms, integration equipment, logistical and program support for approximately US$110 million.
“The proposed sale will improve Latvia’s capability to meet current and future threats in the Baltic Sea maritime domain.
“Latvia’s increased coastal defence capability and interoperability with US and NATO armed forces will contribute to both US and Latvian defense and security objectives in the Baltics. Latvia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.”
The principal contractor is to be determined.