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Kuwait agrees missiles deal with US defence giant
August 17, 2013, 11:22 am

Kuwait has agreed a deal with US defence firm Lockheed Martin for the delivery of PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles.

Lockheed Martin said in a statement that it had received a $308m contract from Kuwait, which is the sixth international customer for the PAC-3 missile.

The contract includes production of 244 hit-to-kill PAC-3 missiles, 72 launcher modification kits and associated tooling, as well as programme management.

“Kuwait’s purchase of PAC-3 Missiles will provide its defense forces with a superior air and missile defense capability,” said Richard McDaniel, vice president of PAC-3 missile programmes at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

“This is another example of the growing global interest for the PAC-3 missile’s capabilities.”

In 2009, Taiwan became the fifth international customer for the PAC-3 Missile, joining the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and the UAE in fielding the system.

Production will take place at Lockheed Martin’s manufacturing facilities with deliveries slated to begin in 2014.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide. The corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2bn.

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