Pakistan Asks for $160M of Tactical RadiosNov 15, 2006 08:33 UTC
On November 13, 2006, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Pakistan of $160 million worth of Harris High Frequency/Very High Frequency (HF/VHF) tactical radio systems. The possible sale includes 1,558 20-Watt High Frequency (HF) Man Packs, 2,188 20-Watt HF Vehicular Systems, 175 150-Watt HF Vehicular Systems, ancillary equipment, spare and repairs parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics services and other related elements of program support. The prime contractor will be Harris Corporation in Rochester, NY, who enjoyed a good deal of success in the tactical radio market. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
The DSCA release [PDF format] notes that “this proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that continues to be a key ally in the global war on terrorism. The radios will enable Pakistan to improve on its capability to provide current and updated intelligence between patrols and higher headquarters. Also, the radios will increase interoperability between Pakistan and the U.S. and coalition forces assisting in the efforts to curtail and eliminate terrorist activities.”
Which is where things get interesting. As in “it will be interesting to see if there’s any Congressional blowback over the next 30 days, given recent developments”…