The US State Department on Thursday approved a possible Foreign Military Sale of six Evolved Seasparrow tactical missiles (ESSM) and two Evolved Seasparrow telemetry missiles to Mexico for an estimated cost of $41 million.
According to Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) press release, the Government of Mexico has requested to buy six Evolved Seasparrow tactical missiles (ESSM) and two Evolved Seasparrow telemetry missiles. Also included are one MK56 VLS launcher (8-cell), eight MK30 canisters, eight MK783 shipping containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, training, USG/Contractor technical and engineering support services, and technical assistance.
Mexico intends to use the weapons systems on its Sigma 10514 Class ship, the DSCA says.
“The systems will provide enhanced capabilities in effective defense of critical sea lanes. The proposed sale of these systems and support services will increase the Mexican Navy's maritime partnership potential and align its capabilities with existing regional navies,” the release states.
The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona.