Iraq requests $150m sale of FOTS for US-origin navy vessels
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of follow-on technical support (FOTS) for US-origin navy vessels and a ship repair facility in Iraq.
The approximately $150m FMS was requested by the Government of Iraq and has been approved by the US State Department.
It is planned to include the procurement of spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation and personnel training equipment.
The deal will also ensure the delivery of engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
In addition, the possible sale will contribute to US foreign policy and national security by providing a stable, sovereign and democratic Iraq, which will be capable of fighting against terrorism and offering protection to its people and sovereignty.
Iraq plans to use the maintenance support to ensure that the country's navy is fully capable of providing coastal defence and security.
The naval vessels outlined to receive US support involve patrol boats, offshore support vessels, fast assault boats, and rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs).
The proposed FMS for FOTS will help increase the Iraqi Navy’s material and operational readiness, but will not change the basic military balance in the region.
Swiftships Shipbuilders has been cited as the potential principal contractor for the sale.