The U.S. State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of eight Evolved SeaSparrow Missiles (ESSM) to Mexico for an estimated cost of $41 million.
Mexico intends to use the new weapons systems – six Evolved Seasparrow tactical missiles (ESSM) and two Evolved Seasparrow telemetry missiles – on the Mexican Navy’s under-construction Sigma 10514 LRP Class long range patrol vessel.
Also included in the approval are one MK56 VLS launcher (8-cell), eight MK30 canisters, eight MK783 shipping containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, training, USG/Contractor technical and engineering support services, and technical assistance.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying U.S. Congress of this possible sale on August 8, 2018.
The statement from DSCA said that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic regional partner and that the sale of these shipboard systems to Mexico will significantly increase and strengthen Mexico’s maritime capabilities.
Mexico intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing naval and maritime support of national security requirements. The systems will provide enhanced capabilities in effective defense of critical sea lanes.
“The proposed sale of these systems and support services will increase the Mexican Navy’s maritime partnership potential and align its capabilities with existing regional navies. Mexico has not purchased these systems previously”, DSCA statement added.
The principal contractor of the sale will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona.