United States of America State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Spain of MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $243 million. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) provided the required certification for FMS to US Congress of the said possible sale October 5.
“The Spanish Air Force intends to use the MQ-9s for homeland security, peacekeeping, peace enforcement, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism operations,” DSCA said in a statement. It further said that Spain requested these capabilities to provide for the defense of its deployed troops, regional security, and interoperability with the United States.
The proposed sale involves four MQ-9 Block 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft, twenty Embedded Global Positioning System/Inertial Guidance Unit (EGI) (3 per aircraft, and 8 spares), two Mobile Ground Control Stations (MGCS), five Multi-Spectral Targeting Systems (MTS-B) (1 per aircraft, 1 spare), five Synthetic Aperture Radar, Lynx AN/APY-8 (1 per aircraft, 1 spare).
DSCA said the principal contractor will be General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. in San Diego, California. Other sole source requests identified in the Letter of Request are Raytheon Company in McKinney, Texas, and L-3 Communications Systems – West in Salt Lake City, Utah.