Military Embedded Systems

Foreign Military Sale of field radar systems requested by Kuwait


October 18, 2016

Mariana Iriarte

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Foreign Military Sale of field radar systems requested by Kuwait
Photo by Defense Security Cooperation Agency

WASHINGTON. State Department officials approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for radar field systems and related equipment, training, and support. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale with the cost estimating at $194 million.

Government of Kuwait officials requested six Short Range Radars, also known as Gap Filler Radars, one Long Range Radar with Primary Surveillance Radar (PSR), and Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) arrays, upgrades to existing AN/FPS 117 (V) 3 Long Range Radar, upgrades to airfield radome and communications systems, upgrade to secure Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems, site surveys, installation and checkout, site acceptance testing, interim contractor support, construction, contractor logistics support, spares, support equipment, and training.

The Government of Kuwait requested a limited competition between three U.S. vendors - Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon - to procure the radar systems. Officials explain, only one of the radars under consideration, the AN/MPQ-64, is Major Defense Equipment (MDE).

This procurement includes a small number of U.S. contractor system and maintenance advisors under a longterm operations and maintenance support package. The exact number of personnel and period of performance is yet to be finalized. This purchase will not substantially alter the U.S. Government presence in Kuwait.

Officials say, this procurement will provide coverage for Kuwait's northern and eastern borders. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

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