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U.S. State Department approves potential arms gross sales value $1.5bn -Pentagon

A view exhibits a M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) is being fired in an undisclosed location, in Ukraine on this nonetheless picture obtained from an undated social media video uploaded on June 24, 2022 through Pavlo Narozhnyy/through REUTERS

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WASHINGTON, July 15 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department has authorized the potential sale of HIMARS rocket programs to Estonia, missiles to Norway and torpedoes to South Korea in separate offers that may very well be value greater than $1.5 billion in all, the Pentagon stated on Friday.

The gross sales comes as European international locations enhance arms purchases after Russia invaded Ukraine, heightening safety fears throughout the area.

HIMARS programs donated by the United States and allies are being employed by Ukraine in its combat with Russia.

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The bundle authorized for Estonia would come with as much as six M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, munitions, help tools, spares and technical help, the Pentagon stated.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of the potential sale to Estonia alongside the 2 different international army gross sales on Friday.

The State Department’s separate approvals of the potential sale of medium-range air-to-air missiles and associated tools for Norway in a deal valued at as much as $950 million, and MK 54 Lightweight Torpedoes to South Korea for an estimated worth of $130 million additionally have been made public on Friday.

Despite approval by the State Department, the notification doesn’t point out that contracts have been signed or that negotiations have concluded.

The Pentagon stated Lockheed Martin Corp was the prime contractor for the HIMARS programs and Raytheon Technologies was the prime contractor for the as much as 205 AIM-120 C-8 or D Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air missiles.

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Reporting by Tim Ahman and Mike Stone in Washington; modifying by Jonathan Oatis

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