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US approves Stinger missile package for Finland

The US has approved three separate weapons package sales to Finland amounting to nearly 1.2 billion euros since the beginning of November.

File photo of Finnish troops training in North Karelia. Image: PUOLUSTUSVOIMAT
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The US State Department has approved the potential sale of 350 portable surface-to-air Stinger missile systems and related gear to Finland, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on Thursday.

The equipment deal is valued at an estimated 380 million US dollars (361 million euros), according to the agency.

The FIM-92K Stinger Man Portable missile systems are manufactured by Raytheon Missiles & Defence, based in the US state of Arizona.

The weapon, which can also be shoulder-fired by a single operator, is used as ground defence against aircraft attacks.

In an earlier announcement this week, the DSCA said the State Department had approved the sale of an air-to-air missile system package of related equipment and service to Finland, valued at around 310 million euros.

At the beginning of last month the DSCA announced the approval (siirryt toiseen palveluun) of another weapons deal with Finland valued at around 500 million euros, for Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems and related equipment.

"Finland intends to use these defence articles and services to increase its national stock, bolstering the land and air defence capabilities in Europe's northern flank. The increased national stock is critical to Finland's defence and deterrence due to the deteriorated security situation in Europe. Finland will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces," the DSCA wrote in a required announcement about the approved sale on 2 November.

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