State Department Approves $415 Million Laser Guided Bomb Unit Deal With Singapore

The State Department has approved a possible $415 million deal with Singapore for the sale of laser guided bomb (LGB) units to be used on its fleet of F-15SGs.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Nov. 29 of the foreign military sale (FMS) for 40 GBU-10 Paveway II LGB units, 84 GBU-12 Paveway II LGB units and 60 FMU-152 or FMU-139D/B fuzes.

“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a critical regional partner that has been, and continues to be, an important force for economic progress in Southeast Asia,” the DSCA said in a statement.

Singapore has requested for the  GBU-10 Paveway II LGB units to consist of MXU-651B/B Air Foil Groups,  MAU-209C/B or MAU-169L/B Computer Control Groups (CCG), MK-84 or BLU-117B/B bomb bodies. The GBU-12 Paveway II LGB units must include MXU-650C/B AFG, MAU-209C/B or MAU-168L/B CCGs, MK-82 or BLU-111B/B bomb bodies.

The proposed FMS also includes AIM-120 Telemetry kits, target drones, High-Bandwidth Compact Telemetry Module kits, technical services and logistical support.

There is no prime contractor for the deal.

“Manpower support will be determined through competition with defense articles anticipated to come from U.S. stocks, as needed,” the DSCA said in a statement. “Sources of supply will award contracts when necessary to provide the defense articles if items are not available from U.S. stock or are considered long lead-time away.”

The deal falls under the U.S.’ PEACE CARVIN V program with Singapore, which was reactivated in 2009.

Under the program, Singapore’s Air Force hosts its F-15SGs at the Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho for training missions.

“This potential sale will continue to improve Singapore’s ability to develop mission-ready and experienced pilots to support its F-15 aircraft inventory. The well-established pilot proficiency training program at Mountain Home Air Force Base will support professional interaction and enhance operational interoperability with U.S. Forces,” the DSCA said in its statement.

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