US clears $320M FMS from NSPA for precision guided munitions kits

The US State Department approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) of precision guided munitions kits for an estimated cost of $320.5 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said on November 19, 2018.

US clears320M FMS from NSPA for precision guided munitions kits 001 Airman 1st Class Jordan Linial, a weapons loader with the 28th Munitions Squadron, tightens a strap on a GBU-31 July 21, 2010, during the phase II operational readiness exercise at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D.
(Credit: U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Corey Hook)

According to the DSCA, the NSPA  as Lead Nation has requested a possible sale of precision guided munitions kits. 

The components that comprise the kits are:  500 KMU-556 F/B Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) Kits for GBU-31 2000-lbs; 40 KMU-557 F/B JDAM Kits for GBU-31 2000-lbs; 1,500 KMU-572 F/B JDAM Kits for GBU-38 500-lbs; 1,000 Munitions Adapter Unit (MAU)-210 F/B Enhanced Computer Control Groups (ECCGs) for GBU-48 1,000-lb EPII; 00 MAU-210 F/B ECCGs for GBU-49 500-lbs EPII; 300 MXU-650K/B AFGs for GBU-49 500-lbs EPII; 1,025 MAU-209 C/B or MAU-169 L/B CCGs for GBU-12 500 lbs Paveway II; 1,025 MXU-650 K/B AFGs for GBU-12 500 lbs Paveway II; 4,365 Joint Programmable Fuze, FMU-152 A/B for all GBU types.  Also includes Detector Sensing Unit (DSU)-38A/B Laser kits, DSU-33D/B proximity sensors, Wireless Paveway Avionics Kit (WIPAK) interfaces for Enhanced Paveway II bombs, repair and return services, transportation, engineering services, and other support services.  The estimated value is $320.5 million.

"This proposed sale supports the foreign policy and national security of the United States by increasing the flexibility of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom - twelve NATO nations and one Partnership for Peace nation - to contribute to overseas contingency operations.  This sale increases the quantity of precision-guided munitions within NATO and allows for their pre-coordinated transfer in support of national and NATO requirements", the Agency added. 

The prime contractors for production are the Boeing Corporation of St Louis, Missouri, and Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona. The principle contractor for integration is unknown and will be determined during contract negotiations.