[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 13, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6166-6169]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-02876]


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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Office of the Secretary

[Transmittal No. 17-76]


Arms Sales Notification

AGENCY: Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Department of Defense 
(DoD).

ACTION: Arms sales notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Defense is publishing the unclassified text 
of an arms sales notification.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Young, (703) 697-9107, 
pamela.a.young14.civ@mail.mil or Kathy Valadez, (703) 697-9217, 
kathy.a.valadez.civ@mail.mil; DSCA/DSA-RAN.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This 36(b)(1) arms sales notification is 
published to fulfill the requirements of section 155 of Public Law 104-
164 dated July 21, 1996. The following is a copy of a letter to the 
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Transmittal 17-76 with 
attached Policy Justification and Sensitivity of Technology.

    Dated: February 8, 2018.
Aaron Siegel,
Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
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Transmittal No. 17-76
Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 
36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act, as amended
    (i) Prospective Purchaser: Government of Finland
    (ii) Total Estimated Value:

Major Defense Equipment *...............................    $434 million
Other...................................................    $188 million
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  Total.................................................    $622 million
 

    (iii) Description and Quantity or Quantities of Articles or 
Services under Consideration for Purchase:
    Major Defense Equipment (MDE):

One hundred (100) RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II Plus (+) Extended Range 
(ER) Grade B Surface-Launched Missiles
Twelve (12) RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B Surface-Launched 
Missiles
Twelve (12) RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B Surface-Launched 
Upgrade Kits
Four (4) RTM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B Exercise Surface-Launched 
Missiles
Four (4) RTM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B Exercise Surface-
Launched Missiles

    Non-MDE:
    Also included are containers, spare and repair parts, support and 
test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel 
training and training equipment, technical assistance, engineering and 
logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical 
support.
    (iv) Military Department: Navy (FI-P-LBQ)
    (v) Prior Related Cases, if any: None
    (vi) Sales Commission, Fee, etc., Paid, Offered, or Agreed to be 
Paid: None
    (vii) Sensitivity of Technology Contained in the Defense Article or 
Defense Services Proposed to be Sold: See Attached Annex
    (viii) Date Report Delivered to Congress: February 5, 2018
    * As defined in Section 47(6) of the Arms Export Control Act.

POLICY JUSTIFICATION

Finland--RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B Surface-Launched 
Missiles and RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block II Grade B Surface-Launched 
Missiles

    The Government of Finland has requested a possible sale of one 
hundred (100) RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II Plus (+) Extended Range (ER) 
Grade B Surface-Launched Missiles, twelve (12) RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Block 
II Grade B Surface-Launched Missiles, twelve (12) RGM-84Q-4 Harpoon 
Block II+ ER Grade B Surface-Launched Upgrade Kits, four (4) RTM-84L-4 
Harpoon Block II Grade B Exercise Surface-Launched Missiles, and four 
(4) RTM-84Q-4 Harpoon Block II+ ER Grade B Exercise Surface-Launched 
Missiles. Also included are containers, spare and repair parts, support 
and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel 
training and training equipment, technical assistance, engineering and 
logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical 
support. The estimated total case value is $622 million.
    This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national 
security objectives of the United States by improving the security of a 
partner nation that has been, and continues to be, an important force 
for political stability and economic progress in Europe.
    Finland intends to use the missiles on its Hamina class ships, 
Multirole Corvette ships, and Coastal Batteries. The missiles will 
provide enhanced capabilities in effective defense of critical sea 
lanes. The proposed sale of the missiles and support will increase the 
Finnish Navy's maritime partnership potential and increase regional 
security capability. Finland has not purchased Harpoon Block II+ ER 
previously, but will have no difficulty incorporating this capability 
into its armed forces.
    The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the 
basic military balance in the region.
    The principal contractor will be The Boeing Company, St. Louis, MO. 
The purchaser typically requests offsets. Any offset agreement will be 
defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor.
    Implementation of this proposed sale will require up to 21 U.S. 
Government personnel to travel to Finland providing support over a 
period of ten years.
    There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a 
result of this proposed sale.
Transmittal No. 17-76
Notice of Proposed Issuance of Letter of Offer Pursuant to Section 
36(b)(1) of the Arms Export Control Act
Annex
Item No. vii
    (vii) Sensitivity of Technology:
    1. The RGM-84Q Harpoon Block II+ ER Surface-Launched missile system 
is classified SECRET. The Harpoon missile is a non-nuclear tactical 
weapon system. It provides a day, night, and adverse weather, standoff 
air-to-surface capability and is an effective Anti-Surface Warfare 
missile. The RGM-84Q incorporates components, software, and technical 
design information that is considered sensitive. The following 
components being conveyed by the proposed sale that are considered 
sensitive include:
    a. Classified CONFIDENTIAL:

(1) Radar Seeker
(2) GPS/INS System
(3) Operational Flight Program Software
(4) Missile operational characteristics and performance data

    b. Classified up to SECRET:

(1) Weapon Data Link (depending on key classification)
(2) Warhead

    These elements are essential to the ability of the Harpoon missile 
to selectively engage hostile targets under a wide range of operations, 
tactical and environmental conditions. The Harpoon is a Coastal Target 
Suppressions land attack weapon.
    2. The RGM-84L Harpoon Block II Surface-Launched missile system is 
classified CONFIDENTIAL. The Harpoon missile is a non-nuclear tactical 
weapon system currently in service in the U.S. Navy and in 29 other 
foreign nations. It provides a day, night, and adverse weather, 
standoff air-to-surface capability and is an effective Anti-Surface 
Warfare missile. The RGM-84L incorporates components, software, and 
technical design information that are considered sensitive. The 
following components being conveyed by the proposed sale that are 
considered sensitive and are classified CONFIDENTIAL are:
    Classified CONFIDENTIAL:

(1) Radar Seeker
(2) GPS/INS System
(3) Operational Flight Program Software
(4) Missile operational characteristics and performance data

    3. The RTM-84 Exercise Harpoon Surface-Launched missile is 
classified up to SECRET. The RTM-84 Exercise Harpoon incorporates 
components, software, and technical design information that are 
considered sensitive. The following components being conveyed by the 
proposed sale that are considered sensitive include:
    a. Classified CONFIDENTIAL:

(1) Radar Seeker
(2) GPS/INS System
(3) Operational Flight Program Software
(4) Missile operational characteristics and performance data

    b. Classified up to SECRET:

(1) Weapon Data Link (depending on key classification)

    4. If a technologically advanced adversary were to obtain knowledge 
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specific hardware, the information could be used to develop 
countermeasures which might reduce weapons system effectiveness or be 
used in the development of a system with similar or advanced 
capabilities.
    5. A determination has been made that Finland can provide 
substantially the same degree of protection for sensitive technology 
being released as the U.S. Government. This proposed sustainment 
program is necessary to the furtherance of the U.S. foreign policy and 
national security objectives outlined in the policy justification.
    6. All defense articles and services listed on this transmittal are 
authorized for release and export to the Government of Finland.

[FR Doc. 2018-02876 Filed 2-12-18; 8:45 am]
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