AGM-65 missile

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AGM-65K2 Maverick all-up-round missiles and associated equipment to Indonesia.

Under the estimated $25m FMS sale, Indonesia has requested the supply of a total of 18 AGM-65K2 maverick all-up-round missiles, 36 TGM-65K2 captive air training missiles and three TGM-65D maintenance training missiles.

The proposed package will also include spare and repair parts, support equipment, tool and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data and other related elements of programme and logistical support services.

The missiles will be used by the Indonesian Air Force (IAF) to train its F-16A/B Block 15 Fighting Falcon fighter pilots in basic air-to-ground weapons employment, and will also support the air force’s current fleet of 10 F-16s and additional 24 jets, being provided by the US as excess defence articles (EDA).

The sale will also contribute to foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of Indonesia, which continues to serve as an important force for political stability and economic progress in South-East Asia.

Raytheon Missile Systems will serve as prime contractor for the FMS programme.

The AGM-65 Maverick is a general purpose fire-and-forget tactical air-to-ground tactical missile designed for conducting close air support, interdiction and defence suppression missions in urban environments with minimum collateral damage.

The missile offers precise stand-off capability and enhanced probability of strike against a broad range of stationary and moving high-value targets, such as armoured vehicles, air defences, fast boats and ships, as well as ground transportation and fuel storage facilities.

Image: An aviation ordnance man arms a AGM-65 Maverick missile installed on US Navy’s F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate Airman Kristopher Wilson.