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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 202-00
April 20, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO NORWAY ANNOUNCED

The Government of Norway has requested a possible sale of software and services in support of a potential direct commercial sale of five AEGIS SPY-1 integrated weapon systems for new frigates. This proposed sale includes AEGIS SPY-1F software support, MK-41 Vertical Launch System MK 689 Interfaced test set, Quadpack Missile Echo Units, test equipment, publications and technical documentation, engineering assistance, and other related elements of program support. The estimated total cost is $55 million.

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

The proposed sale will be used on the new commercial frigates that will replace their old OSLO class ships. Norway will have no difficulty absorbing this software support into their 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 Co. of Moorestown, N. J. and Baltimore, Md. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential FMS sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Norway.

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