The US State Department has approved a request for full-on support services for the United Kingdom’s Tomahawk Weapon System.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has announced the approval of a possible foreign military sale of Tomahawk Weapon System (TWS) Follow-On Support and related equipment for the UK.
The deal, worth approximately US$368.5 million ($490.5 million), includes the provision of the All Up Round (AUR), Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System (TTWCS) and Theater Mission Planning Center (TMPC).
Support services are expected to include:
- recertification of the UK’s missiles;
- unscheduled missile maintenance;
- in-service support;
- software and hardware;
- communication equipment;
- operational flight testing; and
- engineering, technical, logistics and program support.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a NATO ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” the DSCA noted in a statement.
“The proposed sale will sustain the operating capability of the United Kingdom, ensuring maritime forces’ interoperability with United States and other allied forces as well as their ability to contribute to missions of mutual interest by delivering follow-on support and sustainment.
“By deploying the Tomahawk Weapon system, the United Kingdom contributes to global readiness and enhances the capability for the US forces operating globally alongside them.”
Tomahawk manufacturer Raytheon Missiles and Defense would oversee the delivery of follow-on support, with contractor representatives expected to travel to the UK on an intermittent basis over the life of the program.
This latest deal comes just weeks after the DSCA announced a possible US$700 million ($948 million) deal to supply the UK with a Ballistic Missile Defense Radar (BMDR) and two Command and Control Battle Management and Communications (C2BMC) user nodes.