The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale of Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) Block IIIC missiles to the Government of Canada.

The sale, which also includes associated equipment, has a total estimated value of $500m.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress about the sale.

Under the deal, Canada has requested the sale of 100 SM-2 Block IIIC missiles and 100 MK 13 Vertical Launch Systems (VLS).

The deal also includes the sale of obsolescence engineering, integration and test activity associated with production of subject missiles, canister handling and loading/unloading equipment and associated spares, training and training equipment/aids, as well as technical publications and data.

The US will also provide contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support and other logistical and programme support elements.

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The DSCA said in a statement: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the military capability of Canada, a Nato ally that is an important force for ensuring political stability and economic progress and a contributor to military, peacekeeping and humanitarian operations around the world.”

Canada plans to install the SM-2 Block IIIC missiles on the planned 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) ships.

This will provide the vessels with the capability to operate with the naval forces of US and other allied countries, to counter the naval threats.

Raytheon Missiles and Defense in Arizona will act as the principal contractor for the sale.

For the sale implementation, US Government and contractor representatives will visit Canada on a temporary basis for technical reviews, support, and oversight.

Last month, US State Department approved a possible foreign military sale of Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems (HCDS) to Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO).