Kuwait plans $314m Infantry Vehicle Upgrade

15.07.2009 Kuwait

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The government of Kuwait has requested US Defense Security Cooperation Agency for a $314 million upgrade for its Desert Warrior infantry fighting vehicle.

The upgrade includes installation of the improved thermal sight system 2nd generation forward-looking infrared radar, spare and repair parts, test equipment, personnel training and training equipment and other related elements of programme support.

It will also overhaul the fire control system with gunner's integrated TOW (tube-launched, optically-tracked, wire-guided) system.

The upgrade vehicle will be used to provide Kuwait's infantry with an operationally ready advanced target acquisition and destruction capability to protect its borders.

The vehicles will guard vital installations and support ground forces.

According to the notification issued by the Security Cooperation Agency to the US Congress, the principal contractor will be Raytheon Company Network Centric Systems in McKinney, Texas.



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