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Oman seeks $51m missiles deal with United States

State Department approves possible foreign military sale to help Oman strengthen homeland defences

Oman seeks $51m missiles deal with United States

Oman has been given approval by the US for a possible foreign military sale of missiles in a deal worth $51 million.

The State Department said in a statement that it has backed the deal with the Gulf sultanate for TOW 2B missiles, related equipment and support.

It added that the Government of Oman has requested a possible sale of 400 tube-launched optically-tracked wire guided (TOW) 2B Aero, Radio Frequency (RF) Missiles and 7 TOW 2B Aero, RF Missile Fly-to-Buy Missiles.

The statement said the proposed sale would advance Oman’s efforts to develop an integrated ground defence capability, adding that Oman will use this capability to strengthen its homeland defence and enhance interoperability with the US and other allies.

Oman will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces, the statement said.

"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 which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," it added.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems, and implementation of the deal will require the US Government or contractor representatives to travel to Oman for multiple periods for equipment de-processing/fielding, system checkout and new equipment training.

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