The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IIIA missiles to Denmark.
The sale has an estimated total cost of $152m and was requested by the Government of Denmark.
It has since been approved by the US State Department.
Denmark intends to acquire up to 46 SM-2 Block IIIA vertical launching tactical all-up rounds, RIM 066M-03-BK IIIA (VLS), under the proposed deal, as well as other pieces of related equipment.
The sale will also include the delivery of up to two SM-2 Block IIIA telemetry, omni-directional, all-up rounds, RIM-066M-03-BK IIIA (VLS), and up to two SM-2 Block IIIA telemetry, omni-directional antenna, warhead dud-capable RIM 066M-03-BK IIIA (VLS) systems.
Furthermore, the arrangement would cover MK 13 MOD 0 vertical launching system canisters, in addition to the provision of US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other associated logistical and programme support.
The FMS is intended to enhance Denmark’s security, political stability and economic progress and is expected to support the anti-air warfare capabilities of the Royal Danish Navy’s Iver Huitfeldt-class frigates.
The SM-2 Block IIIA missiles, together with the anti-air warfare system (AAWS) combat solution, will also help strengthen defence capabilities over the critical Northern Europe air-and-sea-lines of communication.
Raytheon Cooperation, Raytheon Company and BAE Systems will serve as the primary contractors for the deal.
The SM-2 missile is a fleet-area, air-defence weapon that offers anti-air warfare and limited anti-surface warfare capability against advanced anti-ship missiles travelling at speeds of up to 90 nautical miles (nm) and aircraft flying at an altitude of 65,000ft.