U.S. Approves $250M Sale of Tomahawk Weapons System Support Services to Australia

Australia has formally requested the acquisition of services aimed at bolstering the capabilities of the Tomahawk Weapon System
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 07:43 AM, January 11, 2024
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U.S. Approves $250M Sale of Tomahawk Weapons System Support Services to Australia
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The U.S. State Department has given the green light for a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of General Tomahawk Weapons System Support Services Uplift to the Australian government.

The estimated cost of the comprehensive support services and related equipment is set at $250 million, according to a press release issued by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) today.

The Government of Australia has formally requested the acquisition of services aimed at bolstering the capabilities of the Tomahawk Weapon System. The requested services include general weapons support, logistics support management, material support, engineering technical support, and the management of technical data, among other logistics and program support elements.

This proposed sale aligns with the broader foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States. Recognizing Australia as one of its key allies, the U.S. emphasizes the strategic importance of this political and economic powerhouse in maintaining peace and economic stability in the Western Pacific.

"The strategic location of Australia contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the Western Pacific. 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 press release stated.

The envisioned acquisition will empower Australia to optimize the utilization of the Tomahawk Weapon System it is procuring, enabling precise identification of defined targets through appropriate weapon pairing. Additionally, the support services will play a crucial role in fostering joint maritime weapon technology development, analysis, and implementation. The move is expected to enhance interoperability and interchangeability between the Australian and U.S. military forces.

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