US contracts Boeing to supply Lot 89 Harpoon missiles to Egypt, 11 other allies


The US Army has awarded Boeing a $124 606 538 firm-fixed-price contract for the supply of 53 full-rate production Lot 89 Harpoon missiles, components and spares and Stand-off Land Attack Missile (SLAM) and Expanded Response weapon system services to Egypt and 11 other allies in a Foreign Military Sales (FMS) procurement project due for delivery in June 2017.

In a contract award notification published on the website of the Department of Defense (DoD) on 6 November, the DoD said Saudi Arabia, Australia, Japan, Korea, India, Turkey, Belgium, Brazil, Kuwait, Canada, and Taiwan will also benefit from the procurement. The majority of the work is for Saudi Arabia (28.86 percent); Australia (25.59 percent); and Japan (23.78 percent).
“Work is expected to be completed in June 2017. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $124 606 538 are being obligated on this award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to 10 U.S. Code 2304(c)(1). The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity,” the notice states.

The United States froze the delivery of military hardware to Egypt in 2013 after former President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood was overthrown by the military after mass protests against his rule. In late March, US President Barack Obama lifted a hold on a supply of arms to Cairo, authorizing deliveries of US weapons valued at more than $1.3 billion, including 12 Lockheed Martin F-16s, 20 Harpoon missiles, and up to 125 M1A1 Abrams tank kits made by General Dynamics.

In a related development, the US Army has also awarded General Atomics Aeronautical Systems a $19,070,219 option to provide contractor logistics support (CLS) services Phase 3 for the French Air Force MQ-9 Reaper Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) operating out of Niamey, capital to the West African state of Niger.
“Work will be performed at Poway, California and Niamey, Niger, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2016. This contract is 100 percent Foreign Military Sales support for France. Medium Altitude Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity,” the notice stated.

From Niamey, the French Air Force flies MQ-9 Reaper UAVs on regional surveillance missions which form a vital intelligence feeder system to Operation Barkhane, the French Army regional counter-terrorism operation which covers five countries in north-west Africa.

Since its launch in August 2014, Operation Barkhane has achieved limited successes in countering the spread of terror groups and proliferation of weapons in north-west Africa.