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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 427-00
July 20, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO KUWAIT ANNOUNCED

The government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of various ammunition consisting of 4,110 M831 120mm and 10,728 M433 40mm cartridges, 15,000 M107 155mm projectiles; various caliber of standard U.S. and foreign ammunition; publications and technical documentation; contractor technical support and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $150 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 will provide the required munitions for the tracked vehicles, towed artillery, and crew served weapons previously purchased. Kuwait 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.

No prime or principal contractors are identified since there are multiple contractors involved in the procurement of the ammunition. 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 Kuwait.

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

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