The Netherlands will receive eight MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems under a possible US$110 million foreign military sale approved by the US State Department.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency advised the US Congress of the possible sale of launching systems and related equipment on 2 June.
Under the deal, eight eight-cell MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems Baseline VII Strike Length Launcher Modules, spare parts, handling equipment, software, engineering, technical data and program support will be transferred.
The VLS Mk 41 launchers are traditionally located below deck on naval vessels and capable of firing missiles in anti-aircraft, anti-submarine warfare, strike, naval surface fire support and ballistic missile defence missions.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives 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,” said a statement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
“It is vital to the US national interest to assist the Netherlands in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defence capability.
“The proposed sale will provide a defensive capability for the Netherlands while enhancing interoperability with US and other allied forces.
“The Royal Netherlands Navy intends to use the MK 41 VLS Baseline VII strike length launcher modules for their new ship class.
“These modules are intended for ESSM BLK1 and SM-2 capabilities in support of ongoing and emergent operational needs.
“The Netherlands has previously purchased MK 41 VLS capability and actively uses it on their current ship classes.”
Lockheed Martin has been selected as the prime contractor and US government or contractor personnel in-country visits will be conducted on a temporary basis in conjunction with program technical oversight and support requirements.