US approves possible sale of scout, assault, support boats to Philippines

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The United States (US) State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Philippines of scout, assault, and light support boats with armaments and related equipment for an estimated cost of $126 million, US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said July 30.

US DSCA also said the the required certification notifying US Congress was delivered.

The possible sale includes thirty-six (36) 9M Scout Boats (SB); thirty-six (36) 10M Assault Boats (AB); eighteen (18) 16M Light Support Boats (LSB); and one hundred fifty-six (156) M240B 7.62x51mm machine guns.

Also included are thirty-six (36) units of Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) 280HD; twenty-four (24) M2A1 .50 caliber machine guns; thirty-six (36) M134D-M, 7.62x51mm, 6-barrel rotary Gatling guns; three hundred ninety-nine (399) NFS-NVG/IR Lasers (AN/PVS-14 and AN/PEQ-15); one hundred two (102) Thermal Imager Scope (handheld); two hundred ten (210) Heavy Thermal Weapon Sights (AN/PAS-13); ninety (90) Harris Falcon III RF-7850M radios; two hundred seventy (270) Harris Falcon III RF-7850S radios.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner that continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South-East Asia,” US DSCA noted.

“The proposed sale will improve the Philippines’ capability to meet current and future threats by force multiplying the Army’s present ability to operate and control both inland and coastal waterways of southern Philippines.  The Philippines will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and support into its armed forces,” US DSCA said.

“The principal contractor for the Scout and Assault Boats will be Willard Marine Inc., Anaheim, CA.  The principal contractor for the Light Support Boat will be determined through an open competition contract,” it added.