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Finland to acquire 150 AARGM-ER missiles in possible $500m military sale

A U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet carries the AARGM-ER. Photo: U.S. Navy.

The government of Finland will acquire up to 150 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles - Extended Range in a possible foreign military sale approved by the US State Department.

The government of Finland will acquire up to 150 Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missiles - Extended Range in a possible foreign military sale approved by the US State Department.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of the possible $500 million sale of AARGM-ER missiles on 23 October.

The potential sale also includes dummy air training missiles, missile containers, software, training, support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, transportation, US government and contractor engineering, technical and logistical support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.

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“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a NATO ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” according to a statement from the DSCA.

“The proposed sale will improve Finland’s capability to meet current and future threats by strengthening its self-defence capabilities and ensuring interoperability with United States and other allied forces. Finland will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

“The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

Northrop Grumman Systems will be the principal contractor and the proposed sale will not require assignment of any additional US government or contractor representatives to Finland.

Northrop Grumman previously announced the fifth consecutive successful flight test of the US Navy’s AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile Extended Range earlier this year in 8 May.

During the testing, the missile successfully detected, identified, located and engaged an advanced, land-based emitter target. AARGM-ER deliveries will begin later this year to support initial operational capability for the Navy in 2024.

The missile is being integrated on the Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler as well as the Air Force F-35A, Marine Corps F-35B, and Navy/Marine Corps F-35C.

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