Military Capabilities

Finland cleared to buy US naval weapons

07 February 2018

The US State Department has approved the possible Foreign Military Sale to Finland of Harpoon Block II+ surface-launched anti-ship/land attack missiles and Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSM) for an estimated USD734.7 million, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on its website on 5 February.

Both naval weapon types are potential first-time orders for the Nordic country and would improve defence of “critical sea lanes”, according to the DSCA.

If selected by Finland, the 100 RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B, 12 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B missiles, and 12 RGM-84Q-4 upgrade kits would equip the Finnish Navy’s Hamina class multirole corvettes, as well as coastal batteries.

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