Kuwait Air Force to get US air-to-air missiles and bombs for its Eurofighters

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency on July 22 announced that the State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of Advanced Weapons in Support of the Eurofighter Typhoon Aircraft Program and related equipment for an estimated cost of $397 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

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Kuwait Air Force to get US air to air missiles and bombs for its Eurofighters  Kuwaiti Eurofighter Typhoons during their ferry flight in December 2021 (Picture source: Italian Air Force)

The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy sixty (60) AIM-120 C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs); two hundred fifty (250) MK-84 General Purpose 2000LB bombs; five hundred one (501) MK-83 General Purpose 1000LB bombs; three hundred fifty (350) KMU-556 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits for GBU-31V1 2000LB bombs; seven hundred two (702) MXU-667 Air Foil Groups (AFG) for GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II (EPW-II) 1000LB bombs; and seven hundred two (702) MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Groups (ECCG) for GBU-48 Enhanced Paveway II (EPW-II) 1000LB bombs. Also included are FMU-139 Joint Programmable Fuze Systems; AMRAAM containers; weapons support and software; inert munitions, trainers, and training equipment; bomb components; spare, repair parts; personnel training and training equipment; publications and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $397 million.

Kuwait intends to use these missiles and munitions with the Eurofighter Typhoon fleet it is acquiring. The principal contractors will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ; and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Archbald, PA. Multiple end items will be procured from U.S. Government stock. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Kuwait.