DUBAI — The Sultanate of Oman has requested more than 400 TOW 2 missiles as part of its ground defense integration program, according to the US State Department.

The request presented by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) to Congress on Dec. 7 is valued at $51 million.

The Major Defense Equipment (MDE) request was made for 400 tube-launched optically tracked wire-guided (TOW) 2B Aero, Radio Frequency Missiles and 7 TOW 2B Aero, RF Missile Fly-to-Buy Missiles

According to the DSCA, this proposed sale will "advance Oman's efforts to develop an integrated ground defense capability.".

"Oman will use this capability to strengthen its homeland defense and enhance interoperability with the U.S. and other allies," the statement added.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems of Tucson, Arizona.

Oman has been upgrading its ground defense capabilities since the Saudi-led Arab coalition in Yemen began operations.

In November, Omanthe Sultanate was reportedly interested in acquiring 70 Leopard tanks from German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann.

The deal is estimated to be worth $2.2 billion, according to German press reports.


Awad Mustafa was a Middle East and Africa correspondent for Defense News.

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