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State Dept OKs Australia’s Request for $815M in Small Diameter Bombs

The State Department has given Australia the green light to buy small diameter bombs, military equipment and related services from the U.S. government under a potential $815 million foreign military sales agreement.

Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) is listed as the principal contractor in the FMS transaction that covers GBU-53/B Small Diameter Bomb Increment II, guided test vehicles and captive carry reliability trainers, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Monday.

Australia will use SDB II bombs to help increase the survivability of its fleet of F-35 fighter jets, build up the country’s capacity to deter global threats, participate in coalition defense efforts and support homeland defense initiatives.

The proposed sale also includes weapon load crew trainers, maintenance, site survey, ground crew test equipment, transportation, technical documentation, training support, engineering, site survey, logistics, engineering and other technical support services.

DSCA said it notified Congress of the potential deal Friday.

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