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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 111-00
March 06, 2000

POSSIBLE FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO GERMANY ANNOUNCED

The Government of Germany has requested a possible sale of 250 AGM-88B or AGM-88C HARM missiles, missile containers, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, engineering technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total cost is $50 million (AGM-88B) or $200 million (AGM-88C).

This case will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of Germany to fulfill its NATO obligations; furthering NATO rationalization, standardization, and interoperability; and enhancing the defense of the Western Alliance.

The proposed sale will help replenish the Germany's inventory, which was depleted during the Kosovo allied operations. Germany will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into their armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Germany.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

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