Political situation in Pak will not affect US missile sales

December 15th, 2007 - 2:41 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Dec 15 (ANI): The political upheaval in Pakistan is unlikely to affect its multi-million dollar air-to-air missile deal with the US.
Raytheon Missile Systems, which is based in Tucson, Arizona, has signed its biggest-ever-international deal with Pakistan, worth about 284 million dollars.
Under the deal, Pakistan will buy 500 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air missiles, known as AMRAAM, as well as 200 AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles from the company.
The deal marks the largest single international AMRAAM purchase. Formally, it is the US Government that buys the missiles from Raytheon and then sells them to Pakistan.
Paul Nisbet, a Raytheon analyst with the JSA Research Inc., told the Arizona Daily Star that action against US arms sales to Pakistan is unlikely.
“Politics very seldom has anything to do with changing the contract,” he added.
Many defence purchases by foreign governments, such as Pakistan, go through the federal Defence Security Cooperation Agencys Foreign Military Sales programme.
That programme, Nisbet said, is intended “to partly shield the company from the politics,” as well as to help countries that dont have the “capability of monitoring these very complex contracts.” (ANI)

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