US Approves $670 Million HIMARS Sale to Netherlands

The US has approved a $670 million foreign military sale of 20 high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) launchers and related equipment to the Netherlands.

The package includes 39 M31A2 guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS) alternative warhead missiles pods with an insensitive munitions propulsion system (IMPS), 38 M31A2 GMLRS Unitary high-explosive missile pods with IMPS, and M57 army tactical missile system missile pods.

In addition to the projectile systems, the agreement includes advanced GPS receivers, spare parts, machine gun mounts, tactical electronics, communication capabilities, battle management systems, and associated training and services.

Guided multiple launch rocket system
Guided multiple launch rocket system. Photo: Lockheed Martin

The contract will also deliver 17 M1152A1 high mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicles, M1084A2 cargo trucks, M1089A2 wrecker trucks, and M1095 trailer trucks.

Lockheed Martin was selected as the principal contractor.

Bolstering Dutch and European Defense

According to the US, the procurement supports the Dutch military’s ongoing modernization programs to enhance its homeland and regional security.

The sale is also part of the Netherlands’ interoperability efforts with the West and allied forces.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” a statement from the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency said.

“There will be no adverse impact on US defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.”

Under the contract, the US will deploy government and contractor representatives for program management reviews, equipment training, and fielding in the Netherlands.

The teams will travel to the country twice annually as requested for related support.

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