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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 243-00
May 11, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO NEW ZEALAND ANNOUNCED

The Government of New Zealand has requested a possible sale for 99 AN/VRC-92E, 295 AN/VRC-90E, and 287 AN/PRC-119E SINCGARS radios. Also included are 55 manpack remote control units with Global Position System, 20 manpack retrans units, receivers, installation kits, adapters, spare and repairs parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics services and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $71 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the military capabilities of New Zealand and further weapon system standardization and interoperability with U.S. forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment will enable New Zealand to provide secure tactical radio transmission that is extremely hard for an enemy to intercept or jam. The New Zealand Defense Force requires the radios as apart of a long-term procurement process designed to increase interoperability with United States lead coalitions, U.S. Forces, and allies of the United States. New Zealand 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.

The prime contractor will be ITT of Fort Wayne, Ind. 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 representatives to New Zealand. There will be 12 contractor representatives for three weeks in support of operator/maintenance training to New Zealand.

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