The US State Department has given its approval for a potential military sale to the Government of Germany, which involves the purchase of AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and related equipment at an estimated cost of $2.9 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has formally notified Congress of this possible sale.

The requested sale from Germany includes the following items:

  1. Up to 969 AIM-120C-8 AMRAAMs (Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles).
  2. Up to 12 AMRAAM C8 Guidance Sections.
  3. AIM-120 Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM) – for training purposes.
  4. Telemetry kits – used to collect and transmit data during missile tests.
  5. Spare parts – for maintenance and repairs.
  6. Containers of the control section – to store and transport missile components.
  7. Communications security devices (COMSEC) KGV-135A – for secure communication.
  8. Common munitions incorporated into the tests reprogramming team (CMBRE) – likely for testing and development purposes.
  9. The ADU 891 computer test suite’s adapter groups are used in testing missile systems.
  10. Ammunition support and support team – to assist with the handling and maintenance of the missiles.
  11. The delivery and support of classified software are likely for missile guidance and control systems.
  12. Replacement parts, consumables, and accessories – for ongoing maintenance and operations.
  13. Repair and return support – for any damaged or malfunctioning equipment.
  14. Transport support – for shipping and logistical purposes.
  15. Classified publications – for providing essential information to the recipient.
  16. Technical documentation – to aid in understanding and operating the equipment.
  17. Studies and surveys – possibly related to integrating the missiles with existing systems.
  18. Engineering and technical support services – to assist with any technical issues or challenges.

The approval of this potential sale aligns with the United States foreign policy and national security objectives, as it aims to bolster the security of a key North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally, which plays a crucial role in maintaining European political and economic stability.

By providing Germany with modern and capable air-to-air munitions, this proposed sale will enhance Germany’s ability to address existing and future threats effectively. Moreover, it will further strengthen the German Air Force’s interoperability with US joint forces and other NATO and regional military units. As Germany already has AMRAAMs in its inventory, the assimilation of these new assets and services into its military infrastructure is expected to be smooth.

Importantly, this sale will not disrupt the overall military balance in the region, ensuring that security and stability are maintained.

Raytheon Missiles and Defense, based in Tucson, AZ, is the primary contractor for this potential sale. Currently, no known proposed compensation agreements are associated with this transaction.

The implementation of this potential sale will not necessitate the deployment of additional US Government representatives or contractors to the Federal Republic of Germany.

Furthermore, there will be no negative impact on US defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

It’s important to note that this notification of a possible sale is mandated by law. The dollar value mentioned is the highest estimated amount based on initial requirements. The actual dollar value will be adjusted based on final needs, budget authorization, and the signing of sales agreement(s) if and when they are executed.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, responsible for overseeing such arms deals, ensures that all necessary approvals and certifications are obtained before proceeding with any potential sales, thereby adhering to the legal requirements set forth by the US government.

In conclusion, the potential military sale of AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles and related equipment to Germany underscores the continued partnership and cooperation between the United States and its NATO allies. By equipping Germany with modern and effective air-to-air munitions, this sale reinforces the commitment to collective security in the region and promotes stability in Europe. As the process moves forward, all parties involved will continue to adhere to legal and regulatory requirements to ensure the smooth execution of the proposed sale.