The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of the potential $140.1m foreign military sale of Evolved Seasparrow missiles (ESSMs), equipment, training, and support to the Government of Chile.
Chile has requested major defence equipment (MDE), worth $73.2m, including 33 ESSMs, six Evolved Seasparrow telemetry missiles and three MK 41 vertical launching systems (VLS), tactical version, baseline VII.
The non-MDE package covers ten MK25 quad pack canisters, five ESSM shipping containers, five MK-73 continuous wave illumination transmitters, one inertial missile initialiser power supply (IMIPS).
The FMS sale also involves the delivery of spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training, US Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, technical assistance, installation and integration oversight support, logistics, programme management, packaging and transportation.
Raytheon Missile Systems, BAE Systems, and Lockheed Martin will serve as the prime contractors for the sale.
Approved by the US State Department, the proposed sale will increase Chile’s ability to contribute to regional security and promoting interoperability with the US forces, while also contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US.
The ESSMs will be installed on Chile’s type 23 frigates to provide upgraded air defence capabilities and help deter regional threats, as well as strengthen its homeland defence.
Developed by Raytheon with an international cooperative effort of ten Nato countries, the medium-range, semi-active homing missile is designed for use against surface-to-air and surface-to-surface targets.
An upgrade of the RIM-7 Seasparrow missile, ESSM is capable of making flight corrections through radar and S and X-band midcourse data uplinks.
Image: An RIM-162 Evolved Seasparrow missile is launched from the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70). Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew J. Haran.