US green-lights sale of Evolved Seasparrow Missiles to Chile

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has informed that the State Department approved a possible foreign military sale of Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSMs) to Chile.

The $140.1 million possible sale also includes additional equipment, training, and support for the missiles which would upgrade the nation’s Type 23 frigates.

According to DSCA’s press release, Chile is looking to buy 33 Evolved Seasparrow missiles (ESSMs), six Evolved Seasparrow telemetry missiles and three MK 41 vertical launching systems (VLS), tactical version, baseline VII.

This request also includes MK25 quad pack canisters, ESSM shipping containers, MK-73 continuous wave illumination transmitters, inertial missile initializer power supply (IMIPS) and spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, and personnel training.

U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, technical assistance, installation and integration oversight support, logistics, program management, packaging and transportation will also be required.

The prime contractors will be Raytheon Missile Systems, BAE Systems, and Lockheed Martin.

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