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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 401-00
July 12, 2000

PROPOSED FOREIGN MILITARY SALE TO AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCED

The government of Australia has requested a possible sale for the F/A-18 Hornet Upgrade (HUG) Program (Phase II). The upgrade program will consist of 73 ALR-67(V)3 Radar Warning Receivers, 42 ALQ-165 Airborne Self-protection Jammers (ASPJ) or 42 ALQ-214(V)4 Radar Frequency (RF) Counter Measure System, 73 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS), 72 Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS)/Low Volume Terminal (LVT), spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, maintenance and pilot training, software support, supply support, publications and technical documentation, U.S. government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $385 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 the Asia Pacific region.

The HUG Phase II program upgrade enhances early warning and self-protective features bringing the F/A-18 up to capabilities found in neighboring military forces. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) may purchase the HUG Phase II equipment to enhance survivability, communications connectivity and extend the useful life of its F-18 fighter aircraft. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing these systems 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 Boeing Co. of St. Louis, Mo. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of several U.S. government or contractor representatives to Australia for four months during the preparation, installation, test and checkout of the equipment.

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

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