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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 318-00
June 08, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCED

The government of Australia has requested a possible sale of AIM-120 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) including AMRAAM air vehicles and AMRAAM air vehicles-instrumented, AMRAAM captive air training missiles, related spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, maintenance and pilot training, logistics program and software support, documentation, technical assistance and other related elements of support.

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 Asia Pacific region.

Australia will use these missiles to enhance the air-to-air self-defense capability of their F-18 aircraft and to increase interoperability with U.S. forces. Australia, which already has purchased a small quantity of AMRAAMs with delivery forecasted for 2001 and 2002, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles.

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

The prime contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems Corp. of 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 or contractor representatives to Australia.

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