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Kuwait to upgrade Hornets with new countermeasures

US approves sale of Hellfire missiles to Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 1, (Agencies): Kuwait is to upgrade its Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet combat aircraft with defensive countermeasures to be delivered by the end of March 2021, says janes.com. According to the US Department of Defense (DoD), Raytheon has been awarded USD32 million to deliver F/A-18 CD-108B/ ALE-50(V) control, dispenser, decoy, countermeasures (commonly known as the Integrated Multi-Platform Launch Controller [IMPLC]), Lot 13 full-rate production for the government of Kuwait.

In all 38 IMPLCs will be procured to equip the Kuwaiti Air Forces (KAFs) legacy Hornet fleet. The contract, which is included in a USD34.6 million award that contains the induction and repair of IMPLC assets in support of the US Navy, was announced on 30 July.

Meanwhile, the US State Department has approved a possible sale to Kuwait of 300 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles, and related equipment, for an estimated cost of $30.4 million, reports arabianbusiness.com.

According to a statement, the Government of Kuwait has requested to buy missiles plus 19 rocket launchers, spare parts, personnel training and support services. The proposed sale improves Kuwait’s capability to meet current and future threats, the statement said, adding that Kuwait will use the missiles to strengthen its homeland defence. This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a regional partner. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, based in Florida.

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