The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the Netherlands of PATRIOT MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-Tactical (GEM-T) Ballistic Missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $1.219 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. 

The Government of the Netherlands has requested to buy 96 PATRIOT MIM-104E GEM-T ballistic missiles. Also included are tools and test equipment; range and test programs; support equipment to include associated publications and technical documentation; training equipment; spare and repair parts; new equipment training; transportation; Quality Assurance Team support; U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services; Systems Integration and Checkout; field office support; International Engineering Services Program Field Surveillance Program; and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated total cost is $1.219 billion. 

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. 

The proposed sale will improve the Netherlands’ capability to meet current and future threats.  The proposed sale will increase the defensive capabilities of the Netherlands’ military and supports its goal of improving national and territorial defense as well as interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces.  The Netherlands will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces. 

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. 

The prime contractor will be Raytheon Corporation, Tewksbury, Mass. The purchaser normally requests offsets.  At this time, offset agreements are undetermined and will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and contractors. 

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the Netherlands. 

There is no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. 

This notice of a potential sale is required by law. The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements.  Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.