The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of Mk 41 Baseline VII strike-length vertical launching systems (VLS) to Finland.
The planned FMS is valued at roughly $70m and has been approved by the US State Department.
It is anticipated to include the sale of four Mk 41 baseline VII strike-length VLS, as well as spares, handling and testing equipment, operator manuals and technical documentation.
The proposed sale is intended to enhance Finland’s security capabilities and will also cover US Government and contractor engineering, in addition to training, technical, and logistical support services and other associated logistical support.
Approximately 12 US Government personnel and up to five contractor representatives will be required to provide support to Finland over a ten-year period under the arrangement.
Lockheed Martin Corporation has been appointed to serve as the principal contractor for the possible sale.
According to DSCA, Finland is currently one of the major figures in the promotion of political stability and economic progress in Europe.
The sale would see Finnish Navy acquire the Mk 41 system for the first time, which will help increase its maritime partnership, interoperability and regional security capability.
It is also expected to support the US’ foreign policy and national security objectives.
The vertical launching systems will be deployed on-board four new construction corvettes, which form part of the Finnish Navy’s Squadron 2020 programme.
In addition, the acquisition will enable Finland to procure missiles that are compatible with the VLS system, thereby bolstering the navy’s area defence capabilities over critical trade and communication air-and-sea-lines.