The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress Thursday of plans to sell the Government of Tunisia upgraded avionics from Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) to improve the performance of Tunisian F-5E/F Tiger II fighter aircraft.

Including the cost of necessary equipment, parts, training, and logistical support, the total value of this arms sale is put at $60 million.

DSCA noted that the upgraded aircraft "will improve Tunisia's capability to deter regional threats and strengthen its homeland defense, as well as support counter-terrorism operations," thus contributing to "the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country in North Africa."

DSCA assured Congress that "sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region," and furthermore will have "no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness."

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