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US OKs Netherlands’ Proposal to Purchase Hellfire Missiles

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The U.S. Department of State has cleared the way for the potential sale of Hellfire missiles to the Netherlands.

The proposed $150 million foreign military sale would deliver 386 air-to-ground missiles to the Dutch government.

According to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Hellfire missile deal also includes technical, integration, logistics and program support.

The agreement supports the United States’ program of bolstering the security of a NATO ally to advance political stability and economic progress in Europe, the agency said.

“The proposed sale will improve the Netherlands’ capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats,” it added.

Following the sale, the European nation is expected to integrate the weapons system into its armed forces with ease and improve its interoperability with the United States and other NATO members.

Lockheed Martin will serve as prime contractor for the government-to-government deal while General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems will provide the facility to assemble and pack the Hellfire missiles.

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