WASHINGTON, The US approved a possible military sale worth USD 2.5 billion in unmanned aircraft systems to Germany, the State Department announced Thursday.
The sale, at Germany’s request, will include four unmanned aircraft systems, a mission control station, a main operation base, a forward operating base, and ten inertial global positioning systems.
Also included is one Rolls Royce Engine, communication equipment, support equipment, communications security equipment, mapping, training, support equipment, and “other elements of unique engineering efforts required to support the integration, installation and functional platform compatibility testing of Germany’s indigenous payload,” the State Department said.
“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political and economic stability in Europe,” said the statement.
It added, “Germany is one of the major political and economic powers in Europe and NATO and a key partner of the United States in ensuring global peace and stability.” The prime contractor is US-based Northrop Grumman who will be responsible for integration, installation and functional platform compatibility testing of the payload.
Airbus Defence and Space, in Germany, will be the contractor to Germany for the development and manufacturing, and will be responsible for the functional test, end-to-end test and installed performance.
The implementation of the sale will require the assignment of contractor representatives to Germany to preform logistics support and establish required security infrastructure.
Source: Kuwait News Agency