U.S. Approves Possible Sale Mk 41 Vertical Launching System to Finland

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Finland of Mk 41 Baseline VII Strike-Length Vertical Launching System (VLS) for an estimated cost of $70 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on Feb. 20.

The Government of Finland has requested a possible sale of four Mk 41 Baseline VII Strike-Length Vertical Launching Systems. 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.

The statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a partner nation that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

Finland intends to use the vertical launching systems on four new construction corvettes that will make up the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2020.  The vertical launching systems 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 Mk 41 previously.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Bethesda, MD.


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