The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified U.S. Congress Nov. 15 of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Government of the United Kingdom.
The UK made the request for one kit of long lead sub-assemblies for the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System/Advanced Arresting Gear (EMALS/AAG) and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $200 million.
The EMALS long lead sub-assemblies include: Energy Storage System, Power Conditioning System, and Launch Control System. The AAG includes: Power Conditioning, Energy Absorption Subsystems, Shock Absorbers, and Drive Fairleads. Also proposed are other items for Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, software support, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and all other related elements of program support.
It is the first step in the acquisition process for ensuring that the Catapults and Arresting Wires are delivered for installation on HMS Prince of Wales in the coming years.
In time, hopefully, a second kit will be ordered to fit both vessels.