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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 442-00
July 24, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO TURKEY ANNOUNCED

The government of Turkey has requested a possible sale for seven Hawk missiles, eight AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel radar, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. government quality assurance teams and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $250 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by maintaining the military capabilities of Turkey while enhancing weapon system standardization and interoperability.

Turkey will use these Hawk missiles to augment their inventory and maintain an air defense capability. The missiles will be provided in accordance with, and subject to the limitation on use and transfer provided under the Arms Export Control Act, as embodied in the terms of sale. This sale will not adversely affect either the military balance in the region or U.S. efforts to encourage a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus question.

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

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of five U.S. government representatives for five years to support this program. There will be nine U.S. government or contractor representatives for two weeks, twice annually, to participate in program management and technical reviews. Additionally, two contractor representatives will be required to Turkey for two years.

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

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