State Dept. Approves Sale of Mk41 VLS to Finland
WASHINGTON — The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of Mk41 Baseline VII Strike-Length Vertical Launching Systems (VLS) for an estimated cost of $70 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a Feb. 20 release. The DSCA delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on the date of the release.
The government of Finland has requested a possible sale of four Mk41 Baseline VII Strike-Length VLSs. Also included are spares, handling equipment, test equipment, operator manuals and technical documentation, U.S. government and contractor engineering, training, technical and logistical support services, and other related elements of logistical support.
Finland intends to use the vertical launching systems on four new construction corvettes that will make up the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2020. The VLSs will enable Finland to acquire missiles that will significantly enhance the Finnish Navy’s area defense capabilities over critical air-and-sea-lines of trade and communication.
The proposed sale of the Mk 41 will increase the Finnish Navy’s maritime partnership, interoperability, and regional security capability. Finland has not purchased the Mk41 previously.
The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corp., Bethesda, Maryland.