Monday, January 15, 2018
Mexico may buy Missiles, Torpedoes, Ammo, etc., from the USA
Defense Security Cooperation
State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Mexico of RGM-84L Harpoon Block II
surface launched missiles, Block II Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) tactical missiles and MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes
for an estimated cost of $98.4 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification
notifying Congress of this possible sale.
The Government of Mexico has requested to buy six (6) RGM-84L Harpoon Block II surface launched missiles,
twenty-three (23) Block II Rolling Airframe Missile (RAM) tactical missiles and six (6) MK 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedoes.
Also included are eight (8) MK 825 Mod 0 RAM Guided Missile Round Packs (GMRP) tri-pack shipping and storage containers; RAM
Block 2 MK 44 Mod 4 Guided Missile Round Pack (GMRP); two (2) MK 32 Surface Vessel Torpedo Tubes (SVTT) triple tube launchers;
two hundred and fifty (250) rounds of AA98 25 mm high explosive and semi-armor piercing ammunition; seven hundred and fifty
(750) rounds A976 25mm target practice and tracer ammunition; four hundred and eighty (480) rounds of BA22 57mm high explosive
programmable fuse ammunition; nine hundred and sixty (960) rounds of BA23 57mm practice ammunition; containers; spare and
repair parts; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment;
U.S. Government and contractor representatives’ technical assistance; engineering and logistics support services; installation
services; associated electronics and hardware to control the launch of torpedoes; and other related elements of logistics
and program support. The estimated cost is $98.4 million.
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United
States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner. Mexico has been a strong partner in combating organized
crime and drug trafficking organizations. The sale of these ship-based systems to Mexico will significantly increase
and strengthen its maritime capabilities. Mexico intends to use these defense articles and services to modernize its
armed forces and expand its existing naval and maritime support of national security requirements and in its efforts to combat
intends to use the weapon systems on its Mexican Navy Sigma 10514 Class ship. The systems will provide enhanced capabilities
in effective defense of critical sea lanes. The proposed sale of these systems and support will increase the Mexican
Navy’s maritime partnership potential and align its capabilities with existing regional navies. Mexico has not
purchased these systems previously. Mexico will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment
will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The equipment will be provided from U.S. stocks. There are no known offset agreements
proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require annual trips to Mexico involving U.S. Government
personnel and contractor representatives for technical reviews, support, and oversight for approximately two years.
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
regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department's Bureau of Political Military
Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org.
News release, Jan. 5, 2018, Defense Security Cooperation
Agency, U.S. Department of Defense