US State Department Approves Potential Arms Sales Worth $1.5 Billion – Pentagon

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A view shows an M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) being fired at an undisclosed location in Ukraine in this still image obtained from undated social media video uploaded on June 24 2022 via Pavlo Narozhnyy/via REUTERS

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WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of HIMARS rocket systems to Estonia, missiles to Norway and torpedoes to South Korea under separate deals that will could be worth more than $1.5 billion in total, the Pentagon said on Friday.

The sales come as European countries increase arms purchases after Russia invaded Ukraine, heightening security fears in the region.

HIMARS systems donated by the United States and its allies are used by Ukraine in its fight against Russia.

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The set approved for Estonia would include up to six M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, ammunition, support equipment, spare parts and technical assistance, the Pentagon said.

On Friday, the Pentagon’s Security and Defense Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the possible sale to Estonia, alongside the other two foreign military sales.

Separate State Department approvals for the potential sale of medium-range air-to-air missiles and related equipment to Norway in a deal valued at $950 million, and MK 54 lightweight torpedoes to the South Korea for an estimated value of 130 million dollars also were made public on Friday.

Despite the State Department’s approval, the notification does not indicate that the contracts have been signed or that negotiations have ended.

The Pentagon said Lockheed Martin Corp was the prime contractor for the HIMARS systems and Raytheon Technologies was the prime contractor for up to 205 AIM-120 C-8 or D Advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles.

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Reporting by Tim Ahman and Mike Stone in Washington; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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