FMS: Dutch Navy Wants Block IIIA Standard Missiles

Released on Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Standard SM-2 Block IIIA
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified US Congress of a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Block IIIA Standard Missiles as well as associated equipment and services to the Netherlands.

The government of Netherlands requested a possible sale of 55 SM-2 Block IIIA Standard Missiles, 55 MK 13 Mod 0 canisters, containers, spare and repair parts, supply support, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, US government and contractor technical assistance and other related elements of logistics support. The total value of this FMS, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $70 million.

The proposed Standard Missiles will contribute to improve the Dutch Navy anti-air warfare capability. The SM-2 Block IIIA missiles will be integrated on 'De Zeven Provincien' class destroyers countering aircraft and cruise missile threats.

Raytheon will act as the prime contractor for this sale if it gets the Congress green light. There are no known offset agreements in connection with this potential sale. Currently, the Royal Netherlands Navy operates SM-1 and SM-2 missiles, therefore Netherlands will have no difficulty absorbing these new missiles.


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