The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of FIM-92K Stinger man-portable missiles to Finland.

The estimated value of the proposed deal, which has already been approved by the US State Department, is approximately $380m.

The military sale package comprises up to 350 FIM-92K Stinger man-portable missiles, five production verification flight test FIM-92K missiles, and other related equipment.

Finland is procuring new, man-portable missiles to boost its existing defence and deterrence capabilities.

The Finnish forces will use this critical capability to enhance its land and air defence posture in Europe’s northern flank, which is currently a top priority for the US European Command.

The Finnish Government has further requested associated engineering and technical services, transportation services, and production support, as well as other logistics and programme support.

The DSCA stated that Finland will use the new defence articles and services to increase its national stock.

Raytheon Missiles and Defense and Lockheed Martin have been selected as the preferred contractors for the implementation of the potential sale. 

In a statement, the DSCA said: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of a trusted partner, which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.

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

The agency also confirmed that the execution of the new sale package will not require the deployment of any representatives from the US government or the contractor to Finland.

Last month, the US approved an FMS of guided multiple-launch rocket systems to Finland.