The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IIIC missiles to Canada, Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.
The possible sale, approved under the U.S. government’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, is worth an estimated cost of $500 million. DSCA, which is under the U.S. Department of Defense and oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Nov. 5.
The Government of Canada has requested to buy 100 Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IIIC missiles; and 100 MK 13 Vertical Launch Systems (VLS) (canisters modified to employ the SM-2 Block IIIC missile). Also included is obsolescence engineering; integration and test activity associated with production of subject missiles; canister handling and loading/unloading equipment and associated spares; training and training equipment/aids; technical publications and data; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support; and other related elements of logistical and program support.
The principal U.S. contractor for the possible sale will be Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the military capability of Canada, a NATO ally that is an important force for ensuring political stability and economic progress and a contributor to military, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world,” said a DSCA statement.
“This proposed sale will provide Canada with SM-2 Block IIIC missiles for installation on its planned 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships, ensuring its ability to operate alongside U.S. and Allied naval forces against the full spectrum of naval threats. Canada will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces”, the statement said.
“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”
The Standard Missile 2 is a premier fleet-area air defense weapon, providing superior anti-air warfare (AAW) and limited anti-surface warfare (ASuW) capability against advanced anti-ship missiles (AShM) and aircraft out to 90 nautical miles and an altitude of 65,000 feet. The SM-2 missile is an integral part of layered defense that protects some of the world’s important naval assets.
SM-2 missile variants have successfully intercepted targets and are lethal against subsonic, supersonic, low- and high- altitude, high-maneuvering, diving, sea-skimming, anti-ship cruise missiles, fighters, bombers and helicopters in an advanced electronic countermeasures environment. The SM-2 missile has extensive area- and self-defense flight test history with more than 2,700 successful flight tests from domestic and international ships.
The SM-2 Block IIIC is an active terminal homing version of the SM-2 MR (Medium Range) (RIM-66 Standard) interceptor missile. This incorporates the active homing seeker of the SM-6 (RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM)) missile into the existing SM-2 airframe.