Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Washington approves sale of stealthy cruise missiles to Netherlands

The U.S. State Department approved the sale of $908 million of stealthy air-launched standoff cruise missiles to the Netherlands, the Pentagon’s top arms broker announced.

The larger deal would involve the sale of 120 Lockheed Martin AGM-158B/B-2 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with Extended Range through the Foreign Military Sales program, according to a Feb. 5 announcement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

That sale would include KGV-135A encryption devices, test and integration equipment, spare parts, classified and unclassified publications, technical documentation and related equipment.

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“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” the agency added.

The AGM-158B JASSM-ER can deliver a 1,000-pound warhead up to 575 miles away, while the longer-range AGM-158B-2 has a warhead weighing 2,000 pounds with a range of 1,200 miles.

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