[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 222 (Friday, November 16, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68740-68742]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-27956]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

[Transmittal Nos. 12-49]


36(b)(1) Arms Sales Notification

AGENCY: Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Department of Defense.

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: Ms. B. English, DSCA/DBO/CFM, (703) 
601-3740.
    The following is a copy of a letter to the Speaker of the House of 
Representatives, Transmittal 12-49 with attached transmittal, and 
policy justification.

    Dated: November 13, 2012.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.

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Transmittal No. 12-49
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: Qatar
    (ii) Total Estimated Value:

Major Defense Equipment *................  $4.0 billion
Other....................................  $2.5 billion
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    TOTAL................................  $6.5 billion
 

    (iii) Description and Quantity or Quantities of Articles or 
Services under Consideration for Purchase: 2 Terminal High Altitude 
Area Defense (THAAD) Fire Units, 12 THAAD Launchers, 150 THAAD 
Interceptors, 2 THAAD Fire Control and Communications, 2 AN/TPY-2 THAAD 
Radars, and 1 Early Warning Radars (EWR). Also included are fire unit 
maintenance equipment, prime movers (trucks), generators, electrical 
power units, trailers, communications equipment, tools, test and 
maintenance equipment, repair and return, system integration and 
checkout, spare/repair parts, publications and technical documentation, 
personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and 
contractor technical and logistics personnel support services, and 
other related support elements.
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    * as defined in Section 47(6) of the Arms Export Control Act.
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    (iv) Military Department: Missile Defense Agency (VAA)
    (v) Prior Related Cases, if any: None

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    (vi) Sales Commission, Fee, etc., Paid, Offered, or Agreed to be 
Paid: N/A
    (vii) Sensitivity of Technology Contained in the Defense Article or 
Defense Services Proposed to be Sold: See Attached Annex
    (viii) Date Report Delivered to Congress: 2 November 2012

Policy Justification

Qatar--Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD)

    The Government of Qatar has requested a possible sale of 2 Terminal 
High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) Fire Units, 12 THAAD Launchers, 150 
THAAD Interceptors, 2 THAAD Fire Control and Communications, 2 AN/TPY-2 
THAAD Radars, and 1 Early Warning Radar (EWR). Also included are fire 
unit maintenance equipment, prime movers (trucks), generators, 
electrical power units, trailers, communications equipment, tools, test 
and maintenance equipment, repair and return, system integration and 
checkout, spare/repair parts, publications and technical documentation, 
personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and 
contractor technical and logistics personnel support services, and 
other related support elements. The estimated cost is $6.5 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 friendly country that has been and continues to be an 
important force for political stability and economic progress in the 
Middle East.
    This proposed sale will help strengthen U.S. efforts to promote 
regional stability by enhancing regional defense capabilities of a key 
U.S. partner. The proposed sale will help strengthen Qatar's capability 
to counter current and future threats in the region and reduce 
dependence on U.S. forces. Qatar will have no difficulty absorbing this 
weapon system into its armed forces.
    The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the 
basic military balance in the region.
    The principal contractors are Lockheed Martin Space Systems 
Corporation in Sunnyvale, California, and the sub-contractor is 
Raytheon Corporation in Andover, Massachusetts.
    There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with 
this potential sale at this time.
    Implementation of this proposed sale will require periodic travel 
of up to 13 U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Qatar for 
an undetermined period for delivery, system checkout, and training as 
determined by the schedule. There is no known adverse impact on U.S. 
defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
Transmittal No. 12-49
Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 
36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended
Annex
Item No. vii
    (vii) Sensitivity of Technology
    1. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) Ballistic 
Missile Defense System contains classified Confidential/Secret 
components and critical/sensitive technology. The THAAD Fire Unit is a 
ground-based, forward deployable terminal missile defense system that 
represents significant technological advances. The THAAD System 
continues to hold a technology lead over other terminal ballistic 
missile systems. THAAD is the first weapon system with both endo- and 
exo-atmospheric capability developed specifically to defend against 
ballistic missiles. The higher altitude and theater-wide protection 
offered by THAAD provides more protection of larger areas than lower-
tier systems alone. THAAD is designed to defend against short, medium, 
and intermediate range ballistic missiles. The THAAD system consists of 
four major components: Fire Control/Communications, Radar, Launchers, 
and Interceptors.
    2. The THAAD Ballistic Missile Defense System contains sensitive/
critical Technology, primarily in the area of design and production 
know-how and primarily inherent in the design, development and/or 
manufacturing data related to certain critical components. Information 
on operational effectiveness with respect to countermeasures and 
counter-counter measures, low observable technologies, select software 
documentation and test data are classified up to and including Secret.
    3. If a technologically advanced adversary were to obtain knowledge 
of specific hardware, the information could be used to develop 
countermeasures which might reduce weapons system effectiveness or be 
used in the development of a system with similar or advanced 
capabilities.

[FR Doc. 2012-27956 Filed 11-15-12; 8:45 am]
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