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Stinger Missile Foreign Military Sale to NATO

Dutch Stinger air defence team in action on Sardinia during NOBLE JUMP 23 [© Bob Morrison]

The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of Stinger missiles to NSPA, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency.

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DSCA Press Release, Washington DC, 22 December 2023: The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the NATO Support and Procurement Agency of Stinger missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $780 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA), as Lead Nation on behalf of Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, has requested to buy nine hundred forty (940) FIM-92K Stinger Block I Missiles. Also included are Battery Coolant Units (BCU); metal containers; US Government and contractor production, technical, and engineering assistance; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total cost is $780 million.

Stinger launch from a German Ozelot on Sardinia during NOBLE JUMP 23 [©BM]

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands, three NATO Allies. The proposed sale will improve the air defence capabilities of these three NATO Allies. They will use the system to defend their territorial integrity and to promote regional stability. The proposed sale supports NATO’s goal of improving national and territorial defence as well as improving interoperability with US and NATO forces. Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into their armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractors will be Raytheon, Tucson, AZ, and Lockheed Martin, Syracuse, NY. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any US Government personnel or contractor representatives to NATO. There will be no adverse impact on US defence readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

The description and dollar value are for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.

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