US OKs $397M Eurofighter Typhoon Weapons Sale to Kuwait
The US State Department has approved the $397-million sale of weapons for Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft requested by the government of Kuwait.
The sale includes 60 AIM-120 C-7/8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM), 250 MK-84 General Purpose 2,000 lb. bombs, 501 MK-83 General Purpose 1,000 lb. bombs, 350 KMU-556 Joint Direct Attack Munition tail kits, 702 MXU-667 Air Foil Groups, and 702 MAU-210 Enhanced Computer Control Groups.
Other elements of the sale include logistics, technical support, and training. Lockheed Martin and Raytheon will be the principal contractors.
“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region,” the Defense Security Cooperation Agency wrote in a July 21 press release. “There will be no adverse impact on US defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.”
Kuwait Air Force recently received its third and fourth Eurofighter Typhoons in March to complete a 28-unit order from Leonardo.
The fleet is part of the Eurofighter Kuwait Programme, a collaboration between the country’s military and the Italian Air Force.
In this project, both parties work jointly to strategize operations, share support services and training personnel associated with the Typhoon fleet.