US sells Extended Range Guided MLRS - Alternative Warhead to Finland
The U.S. State Department announced on February 17 tht it has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Finland of Extended Range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $91.2 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
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Firing of a missile by M270 MLRS in Grafenwöhr, Germany, on October 31, 2019 (Picture sourc : U.S. Army)
The Government of Finland has requested to buy 25 M30A2 Extended Range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems – Alternative Warhead (ER GMLRS-AW) pods; and 10 M31A2 Extended Range Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems – Unitary (ER GMLRS-U) pods. Also included is an ER GMLRS Materiel Release Package; Stockpile Reliability Program (SRP) support; Quality Assurance Testing (QAT) services; technical publications; U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services; and other related element of program and logistics support. The total estimated cost is $91.2 million.
The M30A2 version of the A30 Guided GMLRS Alternate Warhead (AW) replaces submunitions with tungsten balls for area effects without unexploded ordnance.
The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Missile and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, TX. There are no known offsets associated with this potential sale. Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Finland.