The State Department has approved a possible $148 million deal with Australia for explosive howitzer ammunition.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale on Wednesday.

IMX-101 ammunition
IMX-101 ammunition

Australia has requested to purchase 2,504 rounds of Insensitive Munitions Explosive (IMX)-101 ammunition, which are to be used on M795 howitzer munition projectiles. BAE Systems makes the IMX-101 ammunition.

“The proposed sale of 155mm howitzer ammunition will improve Australia’s capability to meet out-year Operational Readiness Training requirements. Australia will use this capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats,” the DSCA said in a statement.

Under the deal, Australia would also receive Illumination and White Phosphorus munitions, point detonating fuzes, electronic-timed fuzes and M231 and M232/M232A1 propelling charges.

There is no principal contractor for the deal at the moment and material for the FMS could be sourced from a combination of stock and procurement, according to DSCA officials.