The US state department has approved a possible U$3.2 billion foreign military sale of PATRIOT Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units to Sweden as an important force for political stability and economic progress within the Baltic Sea region and across Europe, according to a recent notice from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Raytheon and Lockheed Martin are the prime contractors in the sale, which covers four PATRIOT Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units consisting of: four Raytheon AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations, nine antenna mast groups, 12 M903 launching stations, 100 PATRIOT MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, 200 PATRIOT Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, and four Electrical Power Plants (EPP) III.

The sale also includes communications equipment, tools and test equipment, range and test programmes, support equipment to include associated vehicles, a technical assistance field team and other support services.

The upgraded MPQ-65 radar set can track and engage a larger number of targets, while the baseline features are enhanced to better counter developing threats like maneuverable ballistic missiles, stealth cruise missile, and aircraft. Using a C-band frequency, the radar carries a range of over 100km and is also operated by using the MSP-104 ESC. The AN/MPQ-65 radar uses a second traveling wave tube (TWT) which allocates more search, detection, and tracking, capabilities than the MPQ-53. (Photo: AI)

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