Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Finland Ain't Playing Games

Remember that Finland only has a population of 5.5 million, 1.7% of the population of the USA. She only spends 1.4% of her GDP on defense. She only has a wee bit of coastline in the cul-de-sac of the Baltic ... but she is nestled up to Russia and a bit of a history with her.

All that being noted;
The U.S. State Department has cleared a pair of first-time missile sales for Finland’s navy that could top $730 million in total.
The first package covers 68 Evolved Seasparrow Missiles (ESSM) and one ESSM inert operational missile, along with associated parts and technical expertise, with an estimated cost of $112.7 million. These weapons are for use on Finland’s new Squadron 2020 class Corvette ships.

The second package, which comes with an estimated price tag of $622 million, covers a mix of surface launched Harpoon weapons, which will go on Finland’s Hamina class ships, Multirole Corvette ships, and Coastal Batteries.

Included in this package are 100 RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II Plus Extended Range (ER) Grade B Surface-Launched Missiles, 12 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B Surface-Launched Missiles, 12 RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B Surface-Launched Upgrade Kits, four RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B Exercise Surface-Launched Missiles, and four RTM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B Exercise Surface-Launched Missiles.
On a per-capita basis, that would be like the USA buying 8,882 Harpoons - if you only count the 100 Block II ER.

She's not in NATO (yet), she does not have a large navy - but she has enough to distract the Russian Baltic Sea Fleet ... and that will do well enough.

Now, if she will just grow to 2% GDP or a bit more like her Estonian neighbor, she will be much more on track. Small nations need to have big spines.

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