The State Department said Friday it has approved a $123 million deal with Germany for AARGM tactical missiles and a $250 million agreement with Morocco to continue support for the country’s F-16 fleet.
Germany has requested to purchase up to 91 AGM-88E AARGM missiles and eight captive air training missiles under the deal.
“The AGM-88E AARGM is an upgrade to the older generation AGM-88B High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM), which Germany first purchased in 1988,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement. “The AGM-88E AARGMs in this case will be manufactured using a mixture of new components and older sections from Germany’s existing stock of AGM-88Bs.”
The deal was executed through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency, and Northrop Grumman [NOC] Information Systems will serve as the prime contractor.
Morocco will also receive continued sustainment support for its Lockheed Martin [LMT]-built F-16s, with the deal set to include repair parts, training equipment, and munitions support equipment for weapons such as AMRAAM missiles and PAVEWAY laser-guided bombs.
“The proposed sale will improve Morocco’s self-defense capability. Additionally, the continuation of sustainment for their F-16 fleet strengthens the interoperability with the United States and other regional allies,” officials wrote. “Morocco already operates an F-16 fleet and this sustainment case will ensure that they can continue operating their fleet in the future.”