The Government of Germany has requested the sale of four MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from the US for an estimated cost of $2.5bn.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the possible foreign military sale (FMS) as part of the development, which has been approved by the State Department.

"Germany has proposed the purchase of one mission control station (MCS) under the deal, which comprises a main operating base (MOB) (MD-3A) and one forward operating base (FOB) (MD-3B)."

Germany has proposed the purchase of one mission control station (MCS) under the deal, which comprises a main operating base (MOB) (MD-3A) and one forward operating base (FOB) (MD-3B), as well as ten Kearfott inertial navigation system / global positioning system (INS / GPS) units and ten LN-251 INS / GPS units.

Furthermore, the potential sale would include one spare Rolls-Royce engine, communication equipment and support equipment, in addition to a mission planning element consisting of a joint mission planning system (JMPS), global positioning system (GPS) items, communications security (COMSEC) equipment and other support services.

The planned deal will see Germany receive a modified version of the US Navy’s MQ-4C UAS Triton configuration, which is intended to enable the country’s armed forces to monitor and deter regional threats, as well as improve bilateral and Nato interoperability.

The MQ-4C Triton aircraft will also be deployed to support national security requirements and enhance intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

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Additionally, the aircraft is expected to improve the collective security of the European Union (EU) and Nato.

Northrop Grumman has agreed to serve as the prime contractor for integration, installation and functional platform compatibility testing of the payload in connection with the sale.

Airbus Defence and Space will act as the prime contractor to Germany for the development and manufacturing, as well as the management of the functional testing, end-to-end testing and installed performance of the equipment.