The US State Department has approved a US$65 million foreign military sale to NATO.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the sale of 517 AN/PRC-158 Manpack UHF SATCOM radio systems to the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA).
The US$65 million order also includes crypto fill devices, man-portable ancillaries, vehicular ancillaries, deployed headquarter ancillaries, power support, operator and maintenance training, and other related elements of program, technical and logistics support.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of NATO allies and partner nations that are an important force for ensuring peace and stability in Europe,” the DSCA noted in a statement.
“This proposed sale will ensure NATO warfighters have access to the latest C3I systems and technologies, and will be interoperable with US forces.
“An updated UHF TACSAT radios in the hands of NATO allies and partners will offer significant C3I capabilities at all echelons, from the operational level down to the lowest small unit tactical formation.”
Implementation of the proposed sale is expected to require one or two contractor representatives to conduct the operator and maintenance outside mainland US for a period of two months.
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