The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale (FMS) of P-8A aircraft and associated equipment to Germany.

The estimated cost of the FMS is $1.77bn.

Approved by the US State Department, the FMS includes the sale of five P-8A patrol aircraft, nine multifunctional distribution system joint tactical radio systems (MIDS JTRS), and 12 LN-251 with embedded global positioning systems (GPS)/inertial navigations systems (EGls).

Also included in the sale are commercial engines, tactical open mission software (TOMS), electro-optical (EO), an infrared MX-20HD, AN/ AAQ-2(V) I acoustic system, AN/APY-10 radar, ALQ-240 electronic support measures, as well as nexgen missile warning sensors.

Boeing will serve as the prime contractor for the sale.

However, implementation of the FMS will require the assignment of four US government and four contractor representatives to Germany for a period of two years to support equipment familiarisation and training.

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According to DSCA, the proposed FMS will improve Germany’s capability to meet ‘current and future threats by providing critical capabilities to coalition maritime operations’.

DSCA said in a statement: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a Nato ally which is an important force for political and economic stability in Europe.”

In May, Boeing delivered the US Navy’s 100th P-8A Poseidon aircraft.

Last month, DSCA notified Congress of the FMS of an F-16 air combat training centre (ACTC) to Jordan.