17 November 2009

Singapore - Laser Joint Direct Attack Munitions

17 November 2009

JDAM smart bomb (photo : bk1bennett)

Washington -- The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today (16-11-09) of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Singapore of a variety of Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) Guidance Kits and Precision Laser Guidance kits including associated parts, equipment, training and logistical support for a complete package worth approximately $40 million.

The Government of Singapore has requested a possible sale of 670 KMU-572B/B Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) Guidance Kits, 670 DSU-38/B Precision Laser Guidance kits for GBU-54(V)1/B (MK-82)670 KMU-572B/B Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) Guidance Kits for GBU-28B(V)1/B (MK-82), 670 DSU-38/B Precision Laser Guidance Kits for GBU-54(V)1/B, support equipment, repair and return, tools and test equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $40 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for economic progress in Southeast Asia.Singapore needs the JDAM kits to help meet current and future threats of enemy air-to-ground weapons.

Singapore will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. Singapore, which already has JDAM guidance kits in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing these additional enhanced kits.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

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