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The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Germany of high-frequency (HF), very-high-frequency (VHF), and ultra-high-frequency (UHF) radios, the US Defense Security Co-operation Agency (DSCA) announced on 27 February 2024.

The sale, which is estimated to be worth USD 281 million (EUR 260 million), has been passed to the US Congress for final approval.

Germany has requested to buy AN/PRC-117 radios; AN/PRC-160 radios; spare and repair parts; support equipment; tools and test equipment; diagnostic equipment; technical data and publications; personnel training and training equipment; US government and contractor technical assistance; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistics and programme support. The estimated total cost is $281 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO Ally that is an important force for political and economic stability in Europe.

The proposed sale will improve interoperability between Germany and other NATO military forces and will increase secure communications effectiveness to help combat current and future threats. Germany will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The principal contractor for this FMS will be L3Harris Global Communications out of its facilities in Rochester, New York.

A US soldier using a Falcon III AN/PRC-117G manpack radio with satellite communication capability. (Photo: L3Harris)