The State Department has approved a potential $670 million deal with the Netherlands for the sale of 20 M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers and associated munitions.

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

A High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) rocket launch.

Along with the Lockheed Martin-built HIMARS launchers, the Netherlands has requested 80 ATACMS missiles, 39 GMLRS-Alternative Warhead pods with Insensitive Munitions Propulsion System (IMPS) and 38 GMLRS-Unitary High Explosive missile pods with IMPS.

The Netherlands would also receive reduced range practice rocket pods, radios, M1084A2 cargo trucks, M1089A2 wrecker trucks, M1095 five-ton trailer FMTVs and 17 Humvees.

“The proposed sale will improve the Netherlands’ military goals of updating capability while further enhancing interoperability with the United States and other allies.  The Netherlands intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats,” the DSCA wrote in a statement. 

Last week, the State Department approved a potential $10 billion deal with Poland for HIMARS launchers along with ATACMS and GMLRS munitions (Defense Daily, Feb. 7).