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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 116-00
March 08, 2000

POSSIBLE FOREIGN MILITARY SALE OF AGM-142D AIR-TO-GROUND MISSILES TO ISRAEL ANNOUNCED

The Government of Israel has requested a possible sale of 41 AGM-142D air-to-ground missiles with data links (including 33 with Z-seeker heads and eight without seeker heads), containers, captive air training missile sets, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $58 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

This proposed sale of the AGM-142D missile allows Israel to increase its capability to engage high value and hardened/buried targets. The proposed sale will contribute significantly to U.S. strategic and tactical objectives by strengthening the unity of the coalition forces throughout the region. Israel, which already has AGM-142D air-to-ground missiles in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.

The prime contractor will be Lockheed-Martin Electronics and Missiles of Orlando, Fla. 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 representatives or contractor representatives to Israel.

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

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