The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible foreign military sale to the Government of Australia of Javelin FGM-148F missiles and related equipment for an estimated cost of $60.18 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale.

The Government of Australia has requested to buy up to 255 Javelin FGM-148F missiles (includes five fly-to-buy missiles). Also included is U.S. technical assistance, consisting of Tactical Air Ground Missiles Project Office technical assistance and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $60.18 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the U.S. Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. The strategic location of this political and economic power contributes significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.

The proposed sale will improve the Australian Army’s capability to meet current and future threats by maintaining and increasing its anti-armor capability. Australia 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 U.S. contractor will be the Javelin Joint Venture between Lockheed Martin in Orlando, Fla., and Raytheon Missiles and Defense in Tucson, Ariz. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

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

There will be 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.