October 30, 2015

Thailand cleared to buy 16 ESSMs

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Thailand of Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSM) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $26.9 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on October 28, 2015.

The Government of Thailand requested a possible sale of Major Defense Equipment for its Evolved Seasparrow Missile (ESSM) program. The total estimated value of MDE is $18,570,385. The total overall estimated value is $26,943,445.

Major Defense Equipment (MDE) includes:

  • Sixteen (16) Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSM) (Fourteen (14) tactical missiles and two (2) telemetry missiles)
  • Three (3) MK25 Quad Pack canisters
  • Ten (10) MK783 shipping containers

Also included with this request is additional equipment; training; and technical services.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by increasing the ability of Thailand to contribute to regional security and improving interoperability with the U.S. Navy.

Thailand will use the ESSM to provide ship battlespace self-defense and firepower, which will improve its capability to meet current and future naval threats.The proposed sale of these equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractors are:

Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS)                           Tucson, Arizona
BAE Systems                                                           Aberdeen, South Dakota
SAAB, 9LV MK4 Combat Management System      Sweden
Lockheed Martin                                                       Baltimore, 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 Thailand.

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