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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 201-00
April 20, 2000

POSSIBLE FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO BELGIUM ANNOUNCED

The Government of Belgium has requested a possible sale of LANTIRN targeting pods, associated aircraft integration, support equipment, spare parts, technical orders, publications, training, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated total cost is $25 million.

This case will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of Belgium in fulfillment of its NATO obligations; furthering NATO rationalization, standardization, and interoperability; and enhancing the defense of the Western Alliance.

Belgium will use the LANTIRN pods to provide their F-16 aircraft with low altitude navigation and targeting system for night operations. Belgium will have no difficulty absorbing the pods 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 Lockheed-Martin Electronics and Missiles Corp. of Orlando, Fla. 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 Belgium.

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

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