State Dept Approves $3.2 Billion Missile Defense Sale to Sweden

On February 20, the U.S. State Department approved a possible $3.2 billion Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units to Sweden. If finalized, this would be Sweden’s first purchase of the U.S. Patriot system. According to a statement released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress within the Baltic Sea region and across Europe.” The request includes: “four (4) Patriot Configuration-3+ Modernized Fire Units consisting of: four (4) AN/MPQ-65 radar sets, four (4) AN/MSQ-132 engagement control stations, nine (9) antenna mast groups, twelve (12) M903 launching stations, one hundred (100) Patriot MIM-104E Guidance Enhanced Missile-TBM (GEM-T) missiles, two hundred (200) Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, and four (4) Electrical Power Plants (EPP) III.”