The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles and associated equipment to Brazil.
Under the estimated $169m sale, Brazil has requested the supply of a total of 16 AGM-84L Harpoon Block II missiles, four CATM-84L Harpoon Block II captive air training missiles, containers, spare and repair parts, and support and test equipment.
The package also covers publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.
Approved by the US State Department, the potential sale is expected to assist the Brazilian Air Force (BrAF) in the modernisation and upgrade of its anti-surface warfare (ASW) capability on its P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft.
The proposed upgrade will augment the BrAF P-3’s capabilities for its counter-transnational organised crime efforts, maritime border security, and protection of off-shore assets, such as fisheries and energy infrastructure, among others.
The FMS also contributes towards the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of Brazil, which continues to serve as an important force for regional stability and economic progress in South America.
US defence contractors, Boeing and Delex Systems, have been selected as prime contractors for the FMS programme.
Harpoon Block II is an upgraded version of the AGM-84D Harpoon, integrating the low-cost, integrated global positioning system/inertial navigation system (GPS/INS) and software, mission computer and the GPS antenna and receiver from Boeing’s joint direct attack munition (JDAM) standoff land attack missile-expanded response ( SLAM-ER) programmes, respectively.
The all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile system was originally developed for the US Navy, but was later modified for use on the US Air Force’s (USAF) B-52H bombers.
Image: An AGM-84D Harpoon missile being mounted on weapons pylon of a US military’s P-3 Orion aircraft. Photo: courtesy of US NavyPhotographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jane West.