CBRNE & EOD Defence

US State Department approves sale of counter-IED systems to Australia

26 November 2019

The US Department of State has approved a potential USD245 million Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Australia of up to 850 Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare Increment 1 Block 1 (JCREW I1B1) systems, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 20 November.

The requested sale includes 533 vehicle-mounted and 317 dismounted systems together with spare parts, support and test equipment, training, and elements of logistic support, said the DSCA, adding that the proposed sale, which still needs to be approved by the US Congress, would provide Australian forces and vehicles with increased protection from threats posed by radio-controlled improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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