The Netherlands - AIM-9X Block II Missiles
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The Netherlands - AIM-9X Block II Missiles

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of AIM-9X Block II Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $117 million.  The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. 

The Government of the Netherlands has requested to buy seventy-two (72) AIM-9X Block II Tactical Missiles; and forty-three (43) AIM-9X Block II+ Tactical Missiles that will be added to a previously implemented case.  The original FMS case, valued at $16.8 million, included twenty-three (23) AIM-9X Block II Tactical Missiles. The Netherlands has also requested a new FMS case for twenty-two (22) AIM-9X Block II Tactical Missiles; forty-three (43) AIM-9X Block II+ Tactical Missiles; and one (1) AIM-9X Block II+ Tactical Guidance Unit.  Therefore, this notification is for a total of ninety-five (95) AIM-9X Block II Tactical Missiles; forty-three (43) AIM-9X Block II+ Tactical Missiles; and one (1) AIM-9X Block II+ Tactical Guidance Unit.  Also included are containers; classified and unclassified software; U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance; and other related elements of logistical and program support.  The total estimated cost is $117 million. 

The proposed sale will enable the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF) to provide stronger support for the Netherlands’ air defense needs.  This proposed sale of AIM-9X missiles will improve the RNAF’s capability to conduct self-defense and regional security missions, enhancing interoperability with the U.S. and other NATO members.  The Netherlands will have no difficulty absorbing these missiles into its armed forces. 

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The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ.  There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. 

Implementation of this sale will not require the assignment of any U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the Netherlands. 

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. 

This notice of a potential sale is required by law.  The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements.  Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.

Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
Date: May 26, 2022
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