36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification, 85548-85551 [2016-28487]

Download as PDF 85548 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 228 / Monday, November 28, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Dated: November 22, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. 36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification [FR Doc. 2016–28499 Filed 11–25–16; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 5001–06–P Office of the Secretary [Transmittal No. 16–21] Department of Defense, Defense Security Cooperation Agency. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text of a section 36(b)(1) arms sales notification. This is published to fulfill the SUMMARY: requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104–164 dated July 21, 1996. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pam Young, DSCA/SA&E/RAN, (703) 697– 9107. The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Transmittal 16–21 with attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology. Dated: November 22, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. BILLING CODE 5001–06–P BILLING CODE 5001–06–C VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 Nov 25, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 EN28NO16.005</GPH> process described in this paragraph, will be allotted no more than five (5) minutes during this period, and will be invited to speak in the order in which their requests were received by the DFO. Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 228 / Monday, November 28, 2016 / Notices software support, software, technical Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of publications, engineering and program Offer Pursuant to Section 36(b)(1) of the support, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and Arms Export Control Act, as amended logistic support services. (i) Prospective Purchaser: Government (iv) Military Department: Navy (KU– of Kuwait P–SBG) (ii) Total Estimated Value: (v) Prior Related Cases, if any: None (vi) Sales Commission, Fee, etc., Paid, Major Defense Equipment * $6.3 billion Offered, or Agreed to be Paid: None Other .................................... 3.8 billion (vii) Sensitivity of Technology Contained in the Defense Article or TOTAL .............................. 10.1 billion Defense Services Proposed to be Sold: See Annex Attached. (iii) Description and Quantity or (viii) Date Report Delivered to Quantities of Articles or Services under Congress: November 17, 2016 Consideration for Purchase: * as defined in Section 47(6) of the Major Defense Equipment (MDE): Arms Export Control Act. Thirty-two (32) F/A–18E aircraft, with F414–GE–400 engines Policy Justification Eight (8) F/A–18F aircraft, with F414– The Government of Kuwait—F/A–18E/F GE–400 engines Super Hornet Aircraft with Support Eight (8) spare F414–GE–400 engines and Twenty-four (24) engine modules The Government of Kuwait has Forty-one (41) AN/APG–79 Active requested to purchase thirty-two (32) F/ Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) A–18E aircraft, with F414–GE–400 Radars engines; eight (8) F/A–18F aircraft, with Forty-four (44) M61A2 20mm Gun F414–GE–400 engines; eight (8) spare Systems F414–GE–400 engines and twenty-four Forty-five (45) AN/ALR–67(V)3 Radar (24) engine modules; forty-one (41) AN/ Warning Receivers APG–79 Active Electronically Scanned Two hundred and forty (240) LAU– Array (AESA) Radars; forty-four (44) 127E/A Guided Missile Launchers M61A2 20mm Gun Systems; forty-five Forty-five (45) AN/ALE–47 Airborne (45) AN/ALR–67(V)3 Radar Warning Countermeasures Dispenser Systems Receivers; two hundred and forty (240) Twelve (12) AN/AAQ–33 SNIPER LAU–127E/A Guided Missile Advanced Targeting Pods Launchers; forty-five (45) AN/ALE–47 Forty-eight (48) Joint Helmet Mounted Airborne Countermeasures Dispenser Cueing Systems (JHMCS) Systems; twelve (12) AN/AAQ–33 Forty-five (45) AN/ALQ–214 Radio SNIPER Advanced Targeting Pods; Frequency Counter-Measures Systems forty-eight (48) Joint Helmet Mounted Forty-five (45) AN/ALE–55 Towed Cueing Systems (JHMCS); forty-five (45) Decoys AN/ALQ–214 Radio Frequency CounterForty-eight (48) Link-16 Systems Measures Systems; forty-five (45) AN/ Eight (8) Conformal Fuel Tanks ALE–55 Towed Decoys; forty-eight (48) Fourteen (14) AN/ASQ–228 ATFLIR Link-16 Systems; eight (8) Conformal Systems Fuel Tanks; and fourteen (14) AN/ASQ– Non-MDE includes: ARC–210 radio 228 ATFLIR Systems. Also included in (aircraft), Identification Friend or Foe the sale are ARC–210 radio (aircraft); (IFF) systems, AN/AVS–9 Night Vision Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Goggles (NVG), Launchers (LAU–115D/ systems; AN/AVS–9 Night Vision A, LAU–116B/A, LAU-l 18A), Goggles (NVG); Launchers (LAU- 115D/ Command Launch Computer (CLC) for A, LAU–116B/A, LAU-l 18A); Air to Ground Missile 88 (AGM–88), Command Launch Computer (CLC) for ANAV/MAGR GPS Navigation, Joint Air to Ground Missile 88 (AGM–88); Mission Planning System (JMPS), ANAV/MAGR GPS Navigation; Joint aircraft spares, Aircraft Armament Mission Planning System (JMPS); Equipment (AAE), support equipment, aircraft spares; Aircraft Armament aircrew/maintenance training, Equipment (AAE); support equipment; contractor engineering technical service, aircrew/maintenance training; logistics technical services, engineering contractor engineering technical service; technical services, other technical logistics technical services; engineering assistance, contractor logistics support, technical services; other technical flight test services, storage and assistance; contractor logistics support; preservation, aircraft ferry, Repair of flight test services; storage and Repairable (RoR), support systems and preservation; aircraft ferry; Repair of associated logistics, training aides and Repairable (RoR); support systems and devices, spares, technical data associated logistics; training aides and Engineering Change Proposals, avionics devices; spares; technical data mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Transmittal No. 16–21 VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 Nov 25, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 85549 Engineering Change Proposals; avionics software support; software; technical publications; engineering and program support; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistic support services. The estimated total program cost is $10.1 billion. This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major NonNATO Ally that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political and economic progress in the Middle East. Kuwait is a strategic partner in maintaining stability in the region. The acquisition of the F/A–18E/F Super Hornet aircraft will allow for greater interoperability with U.S. forces, providing benefits for training and possible future coalition operations in support of shared regional security objectives. The proposed sale of the F/A- l8E/F Super Hornet aircraft will improve Kuwait’s capability to meet current and future warfare threats. Kuwait will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense. The F/A–18E/F Super Hornet aircraft will supplement and eventually replace the Kuwait Air Force’s aging fighter aircraft. Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this aircraft into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The prime contractors will be The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri; Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles, California; Raytheon Company in El Segundo, California; and General Electric in Lynn, Massachusetts. Offsets agreements associated with this proposed sale are expected; however, specific agreements are undetermined and will be defined during negotiations between the purchaser and contractor. Kuwait requires contractors to satisfy an offset obligation equal to 35 percent of the main contract purchase price for any sale of defense articles in excess of three million Kuwait Dinar, (approximately $10 million USD). Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of contractor representatives to Kuwait on an intermittent basis over the life of the case to support delivery of the F/A–18E/ F Super Hornet aircraft and provide support and equipment familiarization. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 85550 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 228 / Monday, November 28, 2016 / Notices Transmittal No. 16–21 Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 36(b)(l) of the Arms Export Control Act mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Annex Item No. vii (vii) Sensitivity of Technology: 1. The F/A–18E/F Super Hornet is a single and two-seat, twin-engine, multimission fighter/attack aircraft that can operate from either aircraft carriers or land bases. The F/A–18 fills a variety of roles: air superiority, fighter escort, suppression of enemy air defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control, close and deep air support, and day and night strike missions. The F/A–18E/F Weapons System is classified SECRET. 2. The AN/APO–79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar System is classified SECRET. The radar provides the F/A–18 aircraft with all-weather, multi-mission capability for performing air-to-air and air-to-ground targeting and attack. Air-to-air modes provide the capability for all-aspect target detection, long-range search and track, automatic target acquisition, and tracking of multiple targets. Air-tosurface attack modes provide highresolution ground mapping navigation, weapon delivery, and sensor cueing. The system component hardware (Antenna, Transmitter, Radar Data Processor, and Power Supply) is UNCLASSIFIED. The Receiver-Exciter hardware is CONFIDENTIAL. The radar Operational Flight Program (OFP) is classified SECRET. Documentation provided with the AN/APO–79 radar set is classified SECRET. 3. The AN/ALR–67(V)3 Electric Warfare Countermeasures Receiving Set is classified CONFIDENTIAL. The AN/ ALR–67(V)3 provides the F/A–18F aircrew with radar threat warnings by detecting and evaluating friendly and hostile radar frequency threat emitters and providing identification and status information about the emitters to onboard Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment and the aircrew. The OFP and User Data Files (UDF) used in the AN/ALR- 67(V)3 are classified SECRET. Those software programs contain threat parametric data used to identify and establish priority of detected radar emitters. 4. The AN/ALE–47 Countermeasures Dispensing System is classified SECRET. The AN/ALE–47 is a threatadaptive dispensing system that dispenses chaff, flares, and expendable jammers for self-protection against airborne and ground-based Radio Frequency and Infrared threats. The AN/ALE–47 Programmer is classified VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 Nov 25, 2016 Jkt 241001 CONFIDENTIAL. The OPP and Mission Data Files used in the AN/ALE–47 are classified SECRET. Those software programs contain algorithms used to calculate the best defense against specific threats. 5. The AN/ALQ–214 is an advanced air-borne Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) programmable modular automated system capable of intercepting, identifying, processing received radar signals (pulsed and continuous) and applying an optimum countermeasures technique in the direction of the radar signal, thereby improving individual aircraft probability of survival from a variety of surface-to-air and air-to-air RF threats. The ALQ- 214 was designed to operate in a high-density Electromagnetic Hostile Environment with the ability to identify and counter a wide variety of multiple threats, including those with Doppler characteristics. Hardware within the AN/ALQ–214 is classified CONFIDENTIAL. 6. The Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Combined Interrogator/ Transponder (CIT) with the Conformal Antenna System (CAS) is classified SECRET. The CIT is a complete MARK– XIIA identification system compatible with (IFF) Modes l, 2, 3/A, C4 and 5 (secure). 7. The Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) is a modified HGU–55/ P helmet that incorporates a visorprojected Heads-Up Display (HUD) to cue weapons and aircraft sensors to air and ground targets. In close combat, a pilot must currently align the aircraft to shoot at a target. JHMCS allows the pilot to simply look at a target to shoot Hardware is UNCLASSIFIED; technical data and documents are classified up to SECRET. 8. The AN/AAQ–33 SNIPER Pod is a multi-sensor, electro-optical targeting pod incorporating infrared, low-light television camera, laser range-finder/ target designator, and laser spot tracker. It is used to provide navigation and targeting for military aircraft in adverse weather and using precision-guided weapons such as laser-guided bombs. It offers much greater target resolution and imagery accuracy than previous systems. The AN/AAQ–33 is UNCLASSIFIED. 9. The Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) is SECRET. JMPS will provide mission planning capability for support of military aviation operations. The JMPS will be tailored to the specific releasable configuration for the F/A–18 Super Hornet. 10. The AN/AVS–9 NVG is a 3rd generation aviation NVG offering higher PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 resolution, high gain, and photo response to near infrared. Hardware is UNCLASSIFIED, and technical data and documentation to be provided are UNCLASSIFIED. 11. The AN/ALE–55 towed decoy improves aircraft survivability by providing an enhanced, coordinated onboard/off-board countermeasure response to enemy threats. When threat libraries are installed, the AN/ALE–55 is classified SECRET. 12. Link-16 is a secure data and voice communication network. The system provides enhanced situational communication awareness, positive identification of participants within the network, secure fighter-to-fighter connectivity, and secure voice capability. It can be classified up to CONFIDENTIAL. 13. The LAU–127E/A Guided Missile Launchers is designed to enable F/A–18 aircraft to carry and launch missiles. It provides the electrical and mechanical interface between the missile and launch aircraft as well as the two-way data transfer between missile and cockpit controls and displays to support preflight orientation and control circuits to prepare and launch the missile. The LAU–127E/A is UNCLASSIFIED. 14. ANAV Global Positioning System (GPS) is a 24-channel Selective Availability Anti- Spoofing Module (SAASM) based pulse-per-second GPS receiver built for next generation GPS technology. 15. Command Launch Computer (CLC) is an electronics subsystem installed on the airframe to interface with the AGM–88 NBIC HARM Missile. The CLC and associated software package are compatible with all AGM– 88 A/B/C missiles. The CLC receives target data from the missile and onboard avionics, processes the data for display to the aircrew to the appropriate display, determines target priority, and collects aircraft data for pre-launch hand-off to the AGM–88 HARM missile. 16. The AN/ASQ–228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) is a multi-sensor, electrooptical targeting pod incorporating thermographic camera, low-light television camera, target laser rangefinder/laser designator, and laser spot tracker developed and manufactured by Raytheon. It is used to provide navigation and targeting for military aircraft in adverse weather and using precision-guided munitions such as laser-guided bombs. 17. A determination has been made that the Government of Kuwait, can provide substantially the same degree of protection for the classified and E:\FR\FM\28NON1.SGM 28NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 228 / Monday, November 28, 2016 / Notices sensitive technology being released as the U.S. Government. 18. This sale is necessary in furtherance of the U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives outlined in the Policy Justification. 19. All defense articles and services listed in this transmittal have been authorized for release and export to the Government of Kuwait. [FR Doc. 2016–28487 Filed 11–25–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID DOD–2013–OS–0197] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, DoD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. DATES: Consideration will be given to all comments received by January 27, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate for Oversight and Compliance, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Mailbox #24, Alexandria, VA 22350– 1700. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:15 Nov 25, 2016 Jkt 241001 from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information. Any associated form(s) for this collection may be located within this same electronic docket and downloaded for review/testing. Follow the instructions at http:// www.regulations.gov for submitting comments. Please submit comments on any given form identified by docket number, form number, and title. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, (Energy, Installations, & Environment) 3400 Defense Pentagon, Suite 5C646, ATTN: Phyllis Newton, Washington, DC 20301–3400 or call 703–571–9060. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: Application for DoD Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP); DD Form 1607, ‘‘Application for DoD Homeowners Assistance Program’’; OMB Control Number 0704–0463. Needs and Uses: The information collection requirement is necessary to determine applicants’ eligibility for benefits and to process the requests for the DoD Homeowners Assistance Program (HAP). Information provided on this form may be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use to the General Services Administration when assuming custody of acquired homes, to manage and dispose of such properties on behalf of the Secretary of Defense; Department of Veterans Affairs in accepting subsequent purchaser in private sales when property is encumbered by a mortgage loan guaranteed or insured by them; Department of Justice to review final title and deeds of conveyance to the Government for properties acquired under the program; and the Internal Revenue Service to determine tax liability for sale of property to the Government. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Annual Burden Hours: 50. Number of Respondents: 50. Responses per Respondent: 1. Annual Responses: 50. Average Burden per Response: 1 Hour. Frequency: As Required. Respondents are eligible Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard homeowners serving or employed at or PO 00000 Frm 00044 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 85551 near military installations which were ordered closed or partially closed, realigned, or were ordered to reduce the scope of operations under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) authority. Respondents will use the prescribed form to apply for HAP financial assistance when affected by a BRAC announcement, or a wound, injury, or illness incurred while in the line of duty, or the surviving spouse of a fallen warrior. Although the completion of the application is voluntary, failure to provide the requested information will hinder the verification of employment and homeowner information and may result in delay or denial of HAP benefits provided under the law. Dated: November 22, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register, Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. 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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

[Transmittal No. 16-21]


36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification

AGENCY: Department of Defense, Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text 
of a section 36(b)(1) arms sales notification. This is published to 
fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104-164 dated 
July 21, 1996.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pam Young, DSCA/SA&E/RAN, (703) 697-
9107.
    The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of 
Representatives, Transmittal 16-21 with attached Policy Justification 
and Sensitivity of Technology.

    Dated: November 22, 2016.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
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Transmittal No. 16-21
Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 
36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended
    (i) Prospective Purchaser: Government of Kuwait
    (ii) Total Estimated Value:

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Major Defense Equipment *...............................    $6.3 billion
Other...................................................     3.8 billion
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  TOTAL.................................................    10.1 billion
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    (iii) Description and Quantity or Quantities of Articles or 
Services under Consideration for Purchase:
    Major Defense Equipment (MDE):
Thirty-two (32) F/A-18E aircraft, with F414-GE-400 engines
Eight (8) F/A-18F aircraft, with F414-GE-400 engines
Eight (8) spare F414-GE-400 engines and Twenty-four (24) engine modules
Forty-one (41) AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) 
Radars
Forty-four (44) M61A2 20mm Gun Systems
Forty-five (45) AN/ALR-67(V)3 Radar Warning Receivers
Two hundred and forty (240) LAU-127E/A Guided Missile Launchers
Forty-five (45) AN/ALE-47 Airborne Countermeasures Dispenser Systems 
Twelve (12) AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Advanced Targeting Pods
Forty-eight (48) Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS)
Forty-five (45) AN/ALQ-214 Radio Frequency Counter-Measures Systems
Forty-five (45) AN/ALE-55 Towed Decoys
Forty-eight (48) Link-16 Systems
Eight (8) Conformal Fuel Tanks
Fourteen (14) AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR Systems

    Non-MDE includes: ARC-210 radio (aircraft), Identification Friend 
or Foe (IFF) systems, AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles (NVG), Launchers 
(LAU-115D/A, LAU-116B/A, LAU-l 18A), Command Launch Computer (CLC) for 
Air to Ground Missile 88 (AGM-88), ANAV/MAGR GPS Navigation, Joint 
Mission Planning System (JMPS), aircraft spares, Aircraft Armament 
Equipment (AAE), support equipment, aircrew/maintenance training, 
contractor engineering technical service, logistics technical services, 
engineering technical services, other technical assistance, contractor 
logistics support, flight test services, storage and preservation, 
aircraft ferry, Repair of Repairable (RoR), support systems and 
associated logistics, training aides and devices, spares, technical 
data Engineering Change Proposals, avionics software support, software, 
technical publications, engineering and program support, U.S. 
Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistic support 
services.

    (iv) Military Department: Navy (KU-P-SBG)
    (v) Prior Related Cases, if any: None
    (vi) Sales Commission, Fee, etc., Paid, Offered, or Agreed to be 
Paid: None
    (vii) Sensitivity of Technology Contained in the Defense Article or 
Defense Services Proposed to be Sold: See Annex Attached.
    (viii) Date Report Delivered to Congress: November 17, 2016
    * as defined in Section 47(6) of the Arms Export Control Act.

Policy Justification

The Government of Kuwait--F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft with Support

    The Government of Kuwait has requested to purchase thirty-two (32) 
F/A-18E aircraft, with F414-GE-400 engines; eight (8) F/A-18F aircraft, 
with F414-GE-400 engines; eight (8) spare F414-GE-400 engines and 
twenty-four (24) engine modules; forty-one (41) AN/APG-79 Active 
Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars; forty-four (44) M61A2 20mm 
Gun Systems; forty-five (45) AN/ALR-67(V)3 Radar Warning Receivers; two 
hundred and forty (240) LAU-127E/A Guided Missile Launchers; forty-five 
(45) AN/ALE-47 Airborne Countermeasures Dispenser Systems; twelve (12) 
AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Advanced Targeting Pods; forty-eight (48) Joint Helmet 
Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS); forty-five (45) AN/ALQ-214 Radio 
Frequency Counter-Measures Systems; forty-five (45) AN/ALE-55 Towed 
Decoys; forty-eight (48) Link-16 Systems; eight (8) Conformal Fuel 
Tanks; and fourteen (14) AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR Systems. Also included in 
the sale are ARC-210 radio (aircraft); Identification Friend or Foe 
(IFF) systems; AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles (NVG); Launchers (LAU- 
115D/A, LAU-116B/A, LAU-l 18A); Command Launch Computer (CLC) for Air 
to Ground Missile 88 (AGM-88); ANAV/MAGR GPS Navigation; Joint Mission 
Planning System (JMPS); aircraft spares; Aircraft Armament Equipment 
(AAE); support equipment; aircrew/maintenance training; contractor 
engineering technical service; logistics technical services; 
engineering technical services; other technical assistance; contractor 
logistics support; flight test services; storage and preservation; 
aircraft ferry; Repair of Repairable (RoR); support systems and 
associated logistics; training aides and devices; spares; technical 
data Engineering Change Proposals; avionics software support; software; 
technical publications; engineering and program support; U.S. 
Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistic support 
services. The estimated total program cost is $10.1 billion.
    This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and 
national security of the United States by helping to improve the 
security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that has been, and continues to be, 
an important force for political and economic progress in the Middle 
East. Kuwait is a strategic partner in maintaining stability in the 
region. The acquisition of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft will 
allow for greater interoperability with U.S. forces, providing benefits 
for training and possible future coalition operations in support of 
shared regional security objectives.
    The proposed sale of the F/A- l8E/F Super Hornet aircraft will 
improve Kuwait's capability to meet current and future warfare threats. 
Kuwait will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland 
defense. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft will supplement and 
eventually replace the Kuwait Air Force's aging fighter aircraft. 
Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this aircraft into its armed 
forces.
    The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the 
basic military balance in the region.
    The prime contractors will be The Boeing Company, St. Louis, 
Missouri; Northrop Grumman in Los Angeles, California; Raytheon Company 
in El Segundo, California; and General Electric in Lynn, Massachusetts. 
Offsets agreements associated with this proposed sale are expected; 
however, specific agreements are undetermined and will be defined 
during negotiations between the purchaser and contractor. Kuwait 
requires contractors to satisfy an offset obligation equal to 35 
percent of the main contract purchase price for any sale of defense 
articles in excess of three million Kuwait Dinar, (approximately $10 
million USD).
    Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of 
contractor representatives to Kuwait on an intermittent basis over the 
life of the case to support delivery of the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet 
aircraft and provide support and equipment familiarization.
    There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a 
result of this proposed sale.

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Transmittal No. 16-21
Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 
36(b)(l) of the Arms Export Control Act
Annex
Item No. vii
    (vii) Sensitivity of Technology:
    1. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet is a single and two-seat, twin-
engine, multi-mission fighter/attack aircraft that can operate from 
either aircraft carriers or land bases. The F/A-18 fills a variety of 
roles: air superiority, fighter escort, suppression of enemy air 
defenses, reconnaissance, forward air control, close and deep air 
support, and day and night strike missions. The F/A-18E/F Weapons 
System is classified SECRET.
    2. The AN/APO-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar 
System is classified SECRET. The radar provides the F/A-18 aircraft 
with all-weather, multi-mission capability for performing air-to-air 
and air-to-ground targeting and attack. Air-to-air modes provide the 
capability for all-aspect target detection, long-range search and 
track, automatic target acquisition, and tracking of multiple targets. 
Air-to-surface attack modes provide high-resolution ground mapping 
navigation, weapon delivery, and sensor cueing. The system component 
hardware (Antenna, Transmitter, Radar Data Processor, and Power Supply) 
is UNCLASSIFIED. The Receiver-Exciter hardware is CONFIDENTIAL. The 
radar Operational Flight Program (OFP) is classified SECRET. 
Documentation provided with the AN/APO-79 radar set is classified 
SECRET.
    3. The AN/ALR-67(V)3 Electric Warfare Countermeasures Receiving Set 
is classified CONFIDENTIAL. The AN/ALR-67(V)3 provides the F/A-18F 
aircrew with radar threat warnings by detecting and evaluating friendly 
and hostile radar frequency threat emitters and providing 
identification and status information about the emitters to on-board 
Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment and the aircrew. The OFP and User 
Data Files (UDF) used in the AN/ALR- 67(V)3 are classified SECRET. 
Those software programs contain threat parametric data used to identify 
and establish priority of detected radar emitters.
    4. The AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing System is classified 
SECRET. The AN/ALE-47 is a threat-adaptive dispensing system that 
dispenses chaff, flares, and expendable jammers for self-protection 
against airborne and ground-based Radio Frequency and Infrared threats. 
The AN/ALE-47 Programmer is classified CONFIDENTIAL. The OPP and 
Mission Data Files used in the AN/ALE-47 are classified SECRET. Those 
software programs contain algorithms used to calculate the best defense 
against specific threats.
    5. The AN/ALQ-214 is an advanced air-borne Integrated Defensive 
Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) programmable modular automated 
system capable of intercepting, identifying, processing received radar 
signals (pulsed and continuous) and applying an optimum countermeasures 
technique in the direction of the radar signal, thereby improving 
individual aircraft probability of survival from a variety of surface-
to-air and air-to-air RF threats. The ALQ- 214 was designed to operate 
in a high-density Electromagnetic Hostile Environment with the ability 
to identify and counter a wide variety of multiple threats, including 
those with Doppler characteristics. Hardware within the AN/ALQ-214 is 
classified CONFIDENTIAL.
    6. The Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Combined Interrogator/
Transponder (CIT) with the Conformal Antenna System (CAS) is classified 
SECRET. The CIT is a complete MARK-XIIA identification system 
compatible with (IFF) Modes l, 2, 3/A, C4 and 5 (secure).
    7. The Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) is a modified 
HGU-55/P helmet that incorporates a visor-projected Heads-Up Display 
(HUD) to cue weapons and aircraft sensors to air and ground targets. In 
close combat, a pilot must currently align the aircraft to shoot at a 
target. JHMCS allows the pilot to simply look at a target to shoot 
Hardware is UNCLASSIFIED; technical data and documents are classified 
up to SECRET.
    8. The AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Pod is a multi-sensor, electro-optical 
targeting pod incorporating infrared, low-light television camera, 
laser range-finder/target designator, and laser spot tracker. It is 
used to provide navigation and targeting for military aircraft in 
adverse weather and using precision-guided weapons such as laser-guided 
bombs. It offers much greater target resolution and imagery accuracy 
than previous systems. The AN/AAQ-33 is UNCLASSIFIED.
    9. The Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) is SECRET. JMPS will 
provide mission planning capability for support of military aviation 
operations. The JMPS will be tailored to the specific releasable 
configuration for the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
    10. The AN/AVS-9 NVG is a 3rd generation aviation NVG offering 
higher resolution, high gain, and photo response to near infrared. 
Hardware is UNCLASSIFIED, and technical data and documentation to be 
provided are UNCLASSIFIED.
    11. The AN/ALE-55 towed decoy improves aircraft survivability by 
providing an enhanced, coordinated onboard/off-board countermeasure 
response to enemy threats. When threat libraries are installed, the AN/
ALE-55 is classified SECRET.
    12. Link-16 is a secure data and voice communication network. The 
system provides enhanced situational communication awareness, positive 
identification of participants within the network, secure fighter-to-
fighter connectivity, and secure voice capability. It can be classified 
up to CONFIDENTIAL.
    13. The LAU-127E/A Guided Missile Launchers is designed to enable 
F/A-18 aircraft to carry and launch missiles. It provides the 
electrical and mechanical interface between the missile and launch 
aircraft as well as the two-way data transfer between missile and 
cockpit controls and displays to support preflight orientation and 
control circuits to prepare and launch the missile. The LAU-127E/A is 
UNCLASSIFIED.
    14. ANAV Global Positioning System (GPS) is a 24-channel Selective 
Availability Anti- Spoofing Module (SAASM) based pulse-per-second GPS 
receiver built for next generation GPS technology.
    15. Command Launch Computer (CLC) is an electronics subsystem 
installed on the airframe to interface with the AGM-88 NBIC HARM 
Missile. The CLC and associated software package are compatible with 
all AGM-88 A/B/C missiles. The CLC receives target data from the 
missile and onboard avionics, processes the data for display to the 
aircrew to the appropriate display, determines target priority, and 
collects aircraft data for pre-launch hand-off to the AGM-88 HARM 
missile.
    16. The AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared 
(ATFLIR) is a multi-sensor, electro-optical targeting pod incorporating 
thermographic camera, low-light television camera, target laser 
rangefinder/laser designator, and laser spot tracker developed and 
manufactured by Raytheon. It is used to provide navigation and 
targeting for military aircraft in adverse weather and using precision-
guided munitions such as laser-guided bombs.
    17. A determination has been made that the Government of Kuwait, 
can provide substantially the same degree of protection for the 
classified and

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sensitive technology being released as the U.S. Government.
    18. This sale is necessary in furtherance of the U.S. foreign 
policy and national security objectives outlined in the Policy 
Justification.
    19. All defense articles and services listed in this transmittal 
have been authorized for release and export to the Government of 
Kuwait.

[FR Doc. 2016-28487 Filed 11-25-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 5001-06-P