The US State Department has greenlighted a NATO member’s request to purchase over 120 missiles jointly developed by Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has approved the sale of 120 Javelin FGM-148 missiles and two Javelin FGM-148 missiles to Norway for an estimated US$36 million ($46.4 million).
The deal also includes:
- 24 Javelin Block 1 Command Launch Units (CLUs) retrofit kits;
- spare parts;
- publications and technical documentation;
- personnel training;
- US government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and
- other related elements of logistical 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 which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” the DSCA noted in a statement.
Norway is expected to use the armaments to upgrade and bolster its current inventory of anti-tank missiles.
The Javelin missiles, jointly developed by Raytheon Technologies and Lockheed Martin, have been procured to enhance Norway’s anti-tank and surface-to-surface missile capability.
“This proposed sale will allow Norway to employ its armed forces more effectively in the ground domain and continue its defensive support of NATO’s northern flank,” the DSCA added.
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Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.