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U.S. State Department tells Congress of plans to sell Stinger missiles to Finland


The US State Department recently approved the sale of the FIM-92K Stinger missile to Finland.

The deal could have an estimated value of $380 million.

On December 1, 2017, DSCA, the Pentagon’s top arms broker, said it had informed Congress of the possibility of selling the FIM-92K Stinger missile to the Government of Finland; Missile FIM-92K Stinger; and related equipment.

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The proposed upgrade package includes 350 FIM-92K Stinger missiles; and five FIM-92K Stinger missiles. There are also support equipment; production support, mechanical engineering and technical services; shipping services; and other related elements of the program and logistical support.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a trusted partner, an important force for political stability and progress. economy in Europe,” the DSCA statement said. “It is in the national interest of the United States to assist Finland in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.”

The FIM-92 Stinger is a Mobile Air Defense System (MANPADS) that acts as an infrared surface-to-air missile (SAM). It can be adapted to fire from a variety of ground vehicles and helicopters (as AAM). Developed in the United States, it entered service in 1981 and is used by the military of the United States and 31 other countries.

The FIM-92K is a variant of the FIM-92J designed to use a vehicle data link instead of the missile’s own probe for targeting.

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