Friday, January 12, 2018

State Department Approves $98.4 Million Missile and Torpedo Deal with Mexico

Matthew Beinart, Defense Daily
5 January

The State Department has approved a possible $98.4 million deal with Mexico for six RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface launched missiles, 23 Block II Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) tactical missiles and six MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Friday of the foreign military sale (FMS).
"Mexico has been a strong partner in combating organized crime and drug trafficking organizations.  The sale of these ship-based systems to Mexico will significantly increase and strengthen its maritime capabilities," the DSCA said in a statement. "Mexico intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its existing naval and maritime support of national security requirements and in its efforts to combat criminal organizations."
The Mexican government has also requested missile round packs, two MK 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes triple tube launchers, 250 rounds of AA98 25mm high explosive and semi-armor piercing ammunition, 750 rounds of A976 25mm target practice and tracer ammunition, 480 rounds of BA22 57mm high explosive programmable fuze ammunition and 960 rounds of BA23 57mm practice ammunition.
The deal also includes spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, and training and logistical services.
There is no prime contractor for deal, and equipment will be provided from U.S. stocks.
Mexico will use the new weapon systems for its Navy Sigma 10514 class ship.

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