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Thailand seeks Evolved Seasparrow Missile purchase

Thailand is seeking to buy Evolved Seasparrow Missile systems and associated equipment from the United States.

By Richard Tomkins
Thailand seeks Evolved Seasparrow Missile purchase
An ESSM missile is launched by a U.S. warship. U.S. Navy photo

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency reports Thailand is seeking to procure Evolved Seasparrow Missile systems.

Seasparrow is used as a defense against supersonic anti-ship missiles.

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The agency, which manages the U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program, said Thailand is seeking 16 Evolved Seasparrow missiles, 14 tactical missiles and two telemetry missiles -- plus missile quad pack canisters and shipping containers.

Associated equipment, parts and logistics support would also be provided.

The proposed FMS deal carries an estimated value of $26.9 million.

"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 agency said in its notification to Congress.

The principal contractors for the package would be Raytheon Missile Systems, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and Saab, which would supply Thailand with its S 9LV MK4 combat management system.

The U.S. State Department has given approval for the proposed sale.

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