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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 402-00
July 12, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCED

The government of New Zealand has requested a possible sale for 24 Javelin anti-tank missile systems (consisting of 24 Javelin command launch units and 164 Javelin missile rounds), simulators, trainers, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, personnel training and equipment, U.S. government and contractor engineering and logistics personnel services, a quality assurance team, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $32 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of New Zealand and further weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S. forces.

New Zealand will use these Javelin anti-tank missile systems to enhance their anti-tank ground forces and to increase interoperability with U.S. forces. New Zealand will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its 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 Javelin Joint Venture (Raytheon and Lockheed Martin) of Orlando, Fla. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of a U.S. government quality assurance team to New Zealand for a week to assist in the delivery and deployment of the missiles. Two contractor representatives will be required for two years to perform maintenance services.

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