U.S. approves sale of Harpoon missiles to Thailand

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of RGM-84L Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles to Thailand, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a statement.

Thailand has earlier requested the possible sale of up to five (5) RGM-84L Harpoon Block II Surface Launched Missiles and one (1) RTM-84L Harpoon Block II Exercise Missile. The estimated cost of the contract is $24.9 million.

Also included in the contract are containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor representatives technical assistance, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

The proposed sale is expected to provide the country with enhanced capabilities in effective defense of critical sea lines. Thailand intends to use the missiles on its DW3000 Class Frigate.

The principal contractor of the deal is Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO.

About Harpoon missile:

Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system, developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas(now Boeing Defense, Space & Security).

The missile system has also been further developed into a land-strike weapon, the Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM).

The regular Harpoon uses active radar homing, and a low-level, sea-skimming cruise trajectory to improve survivability and lethality. The missile can be launched from submarines, surface ships, aircraft and land-based launchers.

The RGM-84 version is launched from Surface ships and fitted with a solid-fuel rocket booster that detaches when expended, to allow the missile’s main turbojet to maintain flight.

In 2004, Boeing delivered the 7,000th Harpoon unit since the weapon’s introduction in 1977.

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