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US approves sale of Javelins to African country

US approves sale of Javelins to African country

Morocco has requested more than 600 missiles, believed to be in short supply due to the Ukrainian conflict

The US has given the green light to a possible sale of $260 million worth of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Morocco, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Washington has previously struggled to replenish its stockpile of missiles, sending many of them to Ukraine.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in North Africa,” says The Defense Security Cooperation. This was reported by the DSCA agency.

According to the agency, Morocco has requested the purchase of 612 missiles, officially designated FGM-148F, along with 200 Javelin Lightweight Command Launch Unit (LWCLU) launchers. The contract also includes training, accompanying equipment, parts and support services.

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If the order is placed, it will be handled by the Javelin Joint Venture, a co-production between Lockheed Martin and RTX Corporation. DSCA said it would “no adverse impact on US defense readiness” as a result, it suggests that the missiles do not come from US military stockpiles.

The Javelin was the first weapon system the US delivered to Ukraine in 2018. Additional missiles were subsequently sent to Ukraine after Russia launched a military operation in the neighboring state in February 2022.

About 7,000 missiles had been sent to Ukraine by June 2022, and the Pentagon reportedly expressed concern that the US military could run out of supplies as the US defense industry was unable to keep up with demand.

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