On 24 May, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible sale to the Government of Australia of 16 Joint Tactical Information Distribution Systems (JTIDS) Class 2H Airborne Terminals, personnel training and training equipment, support of electronic support measures, broadcast intelligence, electronic counter measures, tactical data link testing, software development/integration, support and test equipment, communications software and software support, publications and technical data, US Government and contractor technical and logistics assistance, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The estimated cost is $64 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Asia Pacific region.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, and the Northrop-Grumman Company in Baltimore, Maryland. There are no offset agreements proposed in connection to this potential sale.
There will be four US Government representatives assigned for two one-week intervals annually to participate in the program management and technical reviews.
There will be no adverse impact on US defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.