The US State Department has approved sale of radar field systems and related equipment, training and support to Kuwait for $194 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Thursday.
The prime contractor will be determined by competition between Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and the Raytheon Company.
The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible total sale of six Short Range Radars, otherwise 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 total estimated value of this sale is $194 million.
The Government of Kuwait requested a limited competition between three U.S. vendors to procure a total of six Short Range, Gap Filler Radars (e.g., AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel F1, AN/TPS-77, or AN/TPS- 703) and one Long Range Radar (e.g., AN/TPS-77 or AN/TPS-78).
Only one of the radars under consideration, the AN/MPQ-64, is Major Defense Equipment (MDE). The remaining radars identified by Kuwait for consideration are non-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.
There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.