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US Greenlights Potential Guided Rocket Sale to Finland

The US State Department has approved a possible $535 million foreign military sale of guided multiple launch rocket systems (GMLRS) and related equipment to Finland.

Under the order, Finland requested 150 M30A1 GMLRS steel cases or M30A2 GMLRS missile pods with an insensitive munitions propulsion system (IMPS) or a combination of both.

The Northern European country also included 250 M31A1 GMLRS unitary steel cases or M31A2 GMLRS-U IMPS, or a combination of both, in the request.

Transportation services, a quality assurance team, and other associated support were also sought in the possible sale.

The state department is still in the process of diverting 50 percent of the procurement from US stocks. A final decision based on this process will determine the GMLRS version Finland receives.

The submitted proposal will not require the assignment of US government personnel or contractors to Finland.

Improving Finland’s Security

Once obtained, Finland will utilize the GMLRSs to increase its national military stock in response to the current security situation in Europe.

It will also contribute land and air capabilities to the continent’s northern region.

“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of a trusted partner, which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” the US Department of Defense said.

“It is vital to the US national interest to assist Finland in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.”

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