The Defense Security Cooperation Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense has published a press release on its official website, stating that the U.S. State Department has approved the sale of Patriot Configuration-3+ air defense missile systems to Spain.
The estimated value of the deal is $2.8 billion (the actual cost may be lower depending on final requirements). With this money, the Spanish military is set to receive four Patriot air defense missile system fire units along with equipment and missiles.
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The list of equipment that Spain is set to receive as part of this agreement includes:
- 51 PAC-3 MSE missiles, capable of effectively intercepting ballistic targets;
- 24 M903 launchers;
- 4 AN/MPQ-65 radar systems;
- 4 AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations.
Additionally, the agreement covers the supply of generators, communication equipment, test equipment, various auxiliary equipment, training, spare parts, repairs, system integration and more.
In the context of Spain’s purchase of the Patriot air defense missile systems, it’s worth noting that Spain currently possesses three batteries with 18 launchers in the PAC-2+ version, which were originally purchased from Germany. Spain intends to upgrade these systems to the PAC-3 MSE version as part of this procurement.