17 March 2017

News Story: US State Department OKs mortar rounds sale to Singapore

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By: Mike Yeo

MELBOURNE, Australia — The U.S. State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to Singapore for 120mm guided mortar rounds worth $66 million. 

According to a release from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the Southeast Asian island nation requested a sale of 2,000 Orbital ATK XM395 Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative rounds. 

Responding to a request from Defense News for comment, Singapore’s Ministry of Defence confirmed it's looking to acquire 120mm guided mortar munitions, although it added that “the acquisition process is in the preliminary stage, and the Singapore Armed Forces is considering several options.” 

According to Orbital ATK, the XM395 combines GPS guidance and computer-controlled directional control surfaces onto existing 120mm mortar rounds, replacing the standard fuzes and transforming them into precision-guided munitions that are compatible with all 120mm smoothbore mortar systems.

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