State Department Approves Bahrain Missile Systems Purchase, Aircraft Deals With Iraq, Canada

The State Department announced Thursday it has approved deals to sell Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System Unitary Rocket Pods and Army Tactical Missiles System (ATACMS) Unitary missiles to Bahrain, Bell [TXT] 407GX helicopters to Iraq and King Air 350ER aircraft to Canada.

Bahrain has purchased 120 GMLRS M31 unitary rocket pods, equipped with 720 rockets, and 110 ATACMS M57 T2K unitary missies for $300 million.

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Unitary Rocket Launch.  Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS) Unitary Rocket Launch.
Photo: Lockheed Martin.

“The proposed sale of the M31 GMLRS Unitary Rocket Pods and ATACMS T2K Unitary Missile will improve Bahrain's capability to meet current and future threats and provide greater security for its critical oil and natural gas infrastructure, and significant national events,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement.

Lockheed Martin [LMT] Missile is the prime contractor for the deal with Bahrain.

Iraq has purchased five Bell 407GX helicopters armed with M240 7.62mm machine guns for $82.5 million.

“The addition of five Bell 407GX helicopters will help compensate for the combat loss of seven IA407 helicopters in recent years and increase the Iraqi Security Forces’ combat effectiveness against ISIS and other terrorist elements in Iraq,” the DSCA said in a statement. “Providing Iraq with this capability supports U.S. security goals by furthering the Iraqi Army Aviation Command's ability to counter terrorism and protect critical infrastructure.

The deal also includes RF-7850A secure communications radios, AN/AAR-60 MILDS Automatic Plume Detectors, AN/ALE-47 Airborne Countermeasure Dispensing Systems and M260 Rocket Launchers.

L3 [LLL], Harris [HRS] and Fulcrum Concepts join Bell as prime contractors on the deal.

Canada has purchased three King 350ER aircraft modified for ISR operations for $300 million.

The deal also includes WESCAM MX-15D Electro-Optical & Infrared Imaging Sensors, an AN/AAR-47B(V)2 Missile and Laser Warning System and AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Systems.

Textron [TXT] Aviation’s Beechcraft is the prime contractor for the deal.





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