Contract Type – Direct Commercial Sales

Swiftships has unique experience with military clients using Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) while adhering to the U.S. Department of State’s program guidelines.

Swiftships institutes its direct commercial sales (DCS) by working directly with the end client to establish requirements. Upon evaluation of these requirements, Swiftships submits them to the U.S. State Department in order to obtain the required licenses. The Bureau of Political Military Affairs’ Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) then allows industry (Swiftships) sales of weapons and other defense articles, defense services, and military training to its foreign clients.

Our experienced staff is familiar with and adheres to the rules and regulations listed below to ensure our client’s success:

  • The Arms Control Export Act and
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
  • Military Critical Technologies List

The U.S. State Department is required by Congress to prepare an annual report on military assistance, military exports, and military imports known as the “Section 655″ report pertaining to the section of the Foreign Assistance Act. In compliance, Swiftships submits reports detailing end-use of controlled U.S. weapons systems sold and exported to its clients.

Our relationship with Non-Foreign Military Sales (FMS) trade partners, such as MBDA, OTO Melara and DRS Technology, allows us to be a leader in Arms and Integration under DCS.


Is FMS more expensive than DCS?
Yes. In most cases it is not possible to compare FMS and DCS costs directly, but under the FMS program the U.S. Government charges an administrative fee, whereas in DCS there is no associated Fee.

Is DCS delivery guaranteed?
Yes, as the client can force the builder to provide a Performance Bond.