State Department Approves Finnish Request for Harpoon, Evolved Seasparrow Missiles
WASHINGTON — The State Department has made a determination approving possible Foreign Military Sales to Finland of RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II Plus Extended Range (ER) Grade B surface-launched missiles and RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B surface-launched missiles for an estimated cost of $622 million, as well as Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSM) and an ESSM inert operational missile for an estimated cost of $112.7 million.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sales Feb. 5.
The government of Finland has requested 100 RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II Plus ER missiles, 12 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B missiles, 12 RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B surface-launched upgrade kits, four RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B Exercise surface-launched missiles and four RTM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B exercise surface-launched missiles. Also included are containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services and other related elements of logistical support.
Finland intends to use the missiles on its Hamina-class ships, multirole corvette ships and coastal batteries. The missiles will provide enhanced capabilities in effective defense of critical sea lanes. The proposed sale of the missiles and support will increase the Finnish Navy’s maritime partnership potential and increase regional security capability. Finland has not purchased Harpoon Block II+ ER previously. The principal contractor will be The Boeing Co., St. Louis.
Finland also has requested 68 ESSMs and one ESSM inert operational missile, along with 17 MK25 quad pack canisters, eight MK783 shipping containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, training, U.S. government/contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services and technical assistance, and other related elements of logistical support.
Finland intends to use the missiles on its new Squadron 2020-class corvette ships. The missiles will provide enhanced capabilities in effective defense of critical sea lanes and improve Finland’s capability to meet current and future threats of enemy anti-ship weapons. Finland has not purchased ESSM previously.
The principal contractors will be Raytheon Missile Systems Tucson, Ariz., for the missiles, and BAE Systems, Aberdeen, S.D., for the missile canisters.