The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale of 13 76mm naval guns, which have been requested by the Government of Israel.
The $440m deal has been granted approval by the US State Department, and also includes providing technical support.
It is also set to include shipboard spares and tools to support their operation and preventive maintenance, test equipment, holding and transportation fixtures, and technical manuals, as well as various other documentation and publications.
The arrangement will also see the US Government and the contractor carry out engineering, technical, and logistics support services, in addition to site surveys of vessels and maintenance facilities.
Installation, checkouts and testing of the systems on the boats, as well as operations and maintenance training and other associated support services are also specified in the agreement's terms.
The possible sale is in line with the US' objective of ensuring the security of Israel and assisting the country in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defence capability.
In addition, it will aid US foreign policy and national security by helping improve the security of Israel, which has historically been a major force for political stability and economic enhancement in the Middle East.
The deal will also help enhance Israel’s ability to address current and future threats to its borders and territorial waters.
The 76mm naval guns will be used by the Israeli Navy for deployment on its SA’AR 4.5 and SA’AR 6 missile patrol boats. One of the 13 guns will be kept at an Israeli naval training centre and will be used for training maintenance personnel.
Leonardo subsidiary DRS North America has been cited as the potential principal contractor for the initiative.