By Andy Sambidge
US defence firm says it has signed sales contract for surface-to-air missile system
US defence firm Raytheon has said it has received a direct commercial sales contract from Oman for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).
The award, valued at $1.28 billion, includes ground support equipment, a full training package, and technical assistance, a statement said.
The company's chief executive William Swanson visited the Gulf region late last year, including stops in Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, where he met with senior leaders about an array of missile defence deals and other orders.
The contract, which was awarded in the fourth quarter of 2013, was announced in Oman at a signing ceremony attended by Mohammed bin Nasser al Rasbi, secretary general at the Ministry of Defence, and Tom Kennedy, chief operating officer, Raytheon.
Dan Crowley, president of Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS), said: "The Sultanate of Oman's competitive selection of Raytheon's National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) validates the superior performance, system adaptability and overall security that NASAMS provides. Raytheon is committed to delivering the exceptional defence capabilities of NASAMS to Oman."
Raytheon, along with its long term partner Kongsberg, will supply the system to Oman, the statement said.
In December, Raytheon said it was hoping to finalise orders valued at $4-5 billion from countries in the Middle East in a matter of weeks.
Raytheon and other big weapons makers are looking to foreign orders to help offset a reduction in projected US military spending over the next decade.