US State Department approves sale of $1.7 billion AEGIS Combat Systems to Canada

In a statement the Pentagon said, the U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of 4 AEGIS Combat Systems manufactured by Lockheed Martin to Canada. The potential deal is valued at up to $1.7 billion.

The potential of the powerful radar and missile systems to Canada, a NATO ally would “significantly improve” network-centric warfare capabilities for U.S. forces operating globally alongside Canada’s.

While AEGIS systems are typically used on ships they have also been adapted for use on land.

The potential deal includes three shipsets of the MK 41 Vertical Launch System along with support equipment, and four shipsets worth of the AEGIS Combat System, with support equipment, spares and technical support, said the Pentagon.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified the U.S. Congress of the potential sale.

This information however does not indicate that a contract has been signed or that negotiations have concluded.

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