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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 594-00
September 27, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO SINGAPORE ANNOUNCED

The government of Singapore has requested a possible sale of up to 100 AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles, 60 LAU-129A/A missile launchers, two captive air training missiles, missile containers, aircraft modification and integration, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, software support, publications and technical documentation, maintenance and pilot training, contractor support and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $85 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 Southeast Asia.

Singapore needs these missiles to enhance the air-to-air self-defense capability of its F-16 aircraft and provide for increase interoperability with U.S. forces. Singapore will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces.

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

The principal contractors will be Raytheon Missile Systems Corp. of Tucson, Ariz. and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., Ft. Worth, Texas. 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 Singapore.

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