US approves Spain’s $2.8 Bn Patriot missile system purchase

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Spain of Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.8 billion. 

The Government of Spain has requested to buy four (4) Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units consisting of:

  • fifty-one (51) Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC) 3 Missile Segment Enhanced (MSE) missiles (includes one (1) Fly-to-Buy missile)
  • twenty-four (24) PATRIOT M903 launch stations
  • four (4) AN/MPQ-65 radar sets
  • four (4) AN/MSQ-132 Engagement Control Stations
  • two (2) Information Coordination Central (ICC)
  • eight (8) Antenna Mast Groups
  • four (4) Electrical Power Plants
  • four (4) Energy Power Units

Also included is communications equipment; tools and test equipment; range and test programs; support equipment and services comprising Skids kits, telemetry kits, generators, publications, and technical documentation; training equipment; spare and repair parts; Repair and Return; personnel training; New Equipment Training (NET); Technical Assistance Field Team (TAFT) support; Flight Test Support and Targets; U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, engineering, and logistics support services; Systems Integration and Checkout (SICO) and Battalion Demonstration; field office support; and other related elements of logistics and program support. 

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

Further, the proposed sale of the PATRIOT missile system will improve Spain’s missile defense capability, increase the defensive capabilities of its military, and support its goal of improving national and territorial defense and interoperability with U.S. and NATO forces.

Spain will use the PATRIOT to defend its territorial integrity and for regional stability, and will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The prime contractors will be Raytheon Corporation, Tewksbury, MA, and Lockheed Martin, Dallas, TX.

There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.