FMS: Chile Requests 33 Evolved Sea Sparrow Missiles for its Type 23 Frigates

Released on Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Mk 25 Quad Pack
Mk 41 Tactical Length
Type 23
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
ESSM - Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
MDE - Major Defense Equipment
VLS - Vertical Launching System
WASHINGTON, Jul 5, 2016 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Chile for Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSMs), equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $140.1 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on July 1, 2016.

The Government of Chile has requested a possible sale of:

Major Defense Equipment (MDE):

Thirty-thirty (33) Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSMs)

Six (6) Evolved Seasparrow Telemetry Missiles

Three (3) MK 41 Vertical Launching Systems (VLS), tactical version, baseline VII


This request also includes the following Non-MDE: Ten (10) MK25 Quad Pack Canisters; Five (5) ESSM Shipping Containers; Five (5)MK-73 Continuous Wave Illumination Transmitters, One (1) Inertial Missile Initializer Power Supply (IMIPS); spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, 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.

The total estimated value of MDE is $73.2 million. The total overall estimated value is $140.1 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by increasing Chile's ability to contribute to regional security and promoting interoperability with the U.S. forces. The sale will provide upgraded air defense capabilities on Chile's type 23 frigates. The proposed sale improves Chile's capability to deter regional threats and strengthen its homeland defense. Chile 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.

The prime contractors will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, BAE Systems, Aberdeen, South Dakota, and Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, MD. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Chile.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

Source: Chile - Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSMs)

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