State Dept. Approves MQ-4C Triton Sale to Germany
WASHINGTON — The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany of MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for an estimated cost of $2.5 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in an April 4 release. The DSCA delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 4.
The government of Germany has requested to buy four MQ-4C Triton UASs, one Mission Control Station comprising one main operating base and one Forward Operating Base, 10 Kearfott inertial navigation system (INS)/GPS units (two per aircraft plus two spares), and 10 LN-251 INS/GPS units (two per aircraft plus two spares).
This proposed MQ-4C UAS sale will be a modified version of the U.S. Navy Triton configuration. Also included is one Rolls Royce engine (spare), communication equipment, support equipment, mission planning element to include Joint Mission Planning System, GPS items, communications security equipment, mapping, training, support equipment, consumables, spare and repair parts, tools and test equipment, ground support equipment, flight test support, airworthiness support, personnel training and training devices, applicable software, hardware, publications and technical data, facilities and maintenance support, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics supports services, and other elements of unique engineering efforts required to support the integration, installation and functional platform compatibility testing of Germany’s indigenous payload and other related elements of logistics and program support, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
The proposed sale of the MQ-4C Triton will support legitimate national security requirements, and significantly enhance Germany’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities and the overall collective security of the European Union and NATO. It will close a crucial capability gap, enhance bilateral and NATO interoperability, and help ensure Germany is able to continue to monitor and deter regional threats.
The prime contractor will be Northrop Grumman Corp., Rancho Bernardo, California, responsible for integration, installation and functional platform compatibility testing of the payload. Airbus Defence and Space, located in Germany, will be the prime contractor to Germany for the development and manufacturing, and will be responsible for the functional test, end-to-end test and installed performance. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale.