The U.S. State Department has greenlit a significant Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of Kuwait for the repair and recertification of Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) missiles, alongside comprehensive support services, at an estimated cost of $150 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has formally informed Congress about this prospective sale, reinforcing the bilateral defense cooperation between the two nations.
In May 2020, Washington approved a potential $800 million sale of Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) interceptors to Kuwait. The deal comprises 84 PAC-3 MSE missiles and other related parts, training, and equipment. In addition to the sale of new interceptors, the State Department approved repairs and upgrades to Kuwait’s existing Patriots at an estimated cost of $625 million.
Kuwait's current request centers on addressing the replacement of aging components within the PAC-3 missiles, ensuring the operational longevity of these defense assets for up to 30 years. The proposed package encompasses a broad spectrum of services, including missile testing and repair, stockpile reliability assessments, and the refurbishment of classified and unclassified missile components and ground support equipment.
Additionally, it involves the replenishment of classified and unclassified missile spares, ground support equipment spares, seeker spares, and relates support and equipment.
The principal contractor will be the Lockheed Martin Corporation, based in Camden, Arkansas.