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Kuwait may enhance its air defense capabilities soon. The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait of 84 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancements (MSEs) and related equipment for an estimated cost of $800 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered on May 28 the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.
The principal contractor involved in this program is Lockheed Martin Corporation. Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of two U.S. Government and three contractor representatives to Kuwait to support the delivery of the Patriot PAC-3 MSEs with Canisters and provide support and equipment familiarization, according to armyrecognition.com.
The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy 84 Patriot MSEs with canisters and additional equipment, training devices, simulators, transportation, spare and repair parts, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.
The PAC-3 MSE is an evolution of the battle-proven PAC-3 Missile. The hit-to-kill PAC-3 MSE provides performance enhancements that counter evolving threat advancements. It is an advanced, and capable theater air defense missile and defender against the entire threat to the PATRIOT Air Defense System: Tactical Ballistic Missiles (TBMs) carrying weapons of mass destruction, evolving cruise missiles and aircraft, according to Lockheed’s website.