The United States Department of State has approved the sale to Estonia of the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System – known as HIMARS – and related equipment at an estimated cost of 500 million dollars.
The US Agency for Security and Defense Cooperation on July 15 issued the required certification notifying the country’s congress of the possible sale.
According to the Security and Defense Cooperation Agency, the Estonian government had requested to purchase up to six M142 HIMARS launchers and associated equipment. The total cost is estimated at $500 million.
“This proposed sale will support United States foreign policy and national security by enhancing the security of a NATO ally that continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe. This sale is consistent with U.S. initiatives to provide key allies in the region with modern systems that will improve interoperability with U.S. forces and enhance security,” the Agency for Security and Defense Cooperation said in a statement. communicated.
Updating Estonia’s military capability
“The proposed sale will contribute to Estonian military goals of updating capabilities while further improving interoperability with the United States and other allies. Estonia intends to use these defense items and services to modernize its armed forces and expand its capacity to strengthen its internal defense and deter regional threats. Estonia will have no difficulty in absorbing this equipment into its armed forces,” the agency added.
The M142 HIMARS is a lightweight multiple rocket launcher developed in the late 1990s for the US military. It carries a pod with six rockets, two missiles, or one missile. The launcher can be transported by a Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft. The chassis and launch system are produced by Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control in Camden, Arkansas. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, as part of the United States Department of Defense, provides financial and technical assistance, the transfer of defense materiel, training and services to allies, and promotes military-to-military contacts.