The State Department has approved Australia for a possible $895 million foreign military sale of Tomahawk missiles, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency notice.
The sale would potentially include up to 200 Tomahawk Block V and up to 20 Block IV All Up Rounds and related equipment and support, the notice states.
“The proposed sale will improve Australia’s capability to interoperate with U.S. maritime forces and other allied forces as well as its ability to contribute to missions of mutual interest,” according to DSCA. “By deploying the Tomahawk Weapon System, Australia will contribute to global readiness and enhance the capability of U.S. Forces operating alongside them globally.”
Raytheon Missiles and Defense would be the prime contractor involved.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States. Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific,” DSCA said. “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 notice follows a major announcement by the United States, the U.K. and Australia to begin a multiyear plan to provide Australia with conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarines through the AUKUS security pact.