The U.S. State Department has approved a potential Foreign Military Sale to Australia for Tomahawk Block V and Block IV All Up Rounds (AUR) and related equipment, estimated to cost $895 million.
Australia has requested to purchase 200 Tomahawk Block V AUR (RGM-109E) and 20 Tomahawk Block IV AUR (RGM-109E), along with support for the Tomahawk Weapon System, including maintenance, spares, training, and other logistical and program support.
The proposed sale, say the U.S. State Department, supports U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives, as Australia is a key ally in the Western Pacific, contributing to regional peace and economic stability.
“The sale will improve Australia’s interoperability with U.S. and allied maritime forces and its ability to contribute to missions of mutual interest. Australia will use the enhanced capability for deterrence against regional threats and homeland defence.”
The prime U.S. contractor is Raytheon Missiles and Defense, based in Tucson, AZ. No known offset agreements are proposed in connection with this potential sale. Implementation will require multiple trips by U.S. Government representatives and contractor personnel to Australia for delivery, integration, and support management.
Here’s the sale notice.
“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Australia of Tomahawk Block V and Block IV All Up Rounds (AUR) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $895 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
The Government of Australia has requested to buy up to two hundred (200) Tomahawk Block V All Up Rounds (AUR) (RGM-109E); and up to twenty (20) Tomahawk Block IV All Up Rounds (AUR) (RGM-109E). Also included is support for all three segments of Australia’s Tomahawk Weapon System (TWS) to include the All Up Round (AUR), the Tactical Tomahawk Weapon Control System (TTWCS) and the Theater Mission Planning Center (TMPC). The support consists of unscheduled missile maintenance; spares; procurement; training; in-service support; software; hardware; communication equipment; operational flight test; engineering and technical expertise to maintain the TWS capability; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $895 million.
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States. Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.
The proposed sale will improve Australia’s capability to interoperate with U.S. maritime forces and other allied forces as well as its ability to contribute to missions of mutual interest. By deploying the Tomahawk Weapon System, Australia will contribute to global readiness and enhance the capability of U.S. Forces operating alongside them globally. Australia will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Australia will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime U.S. contractor will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple trips by U.S. Government representatives and contractor personnel to visit Australia on a temporary basis over the life of the case to support delivery and integration of items and to provide supply support management, inventory control, and equipment familiarization. Visits will also include program and technical reviews.”