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The US government has authorized a flurry of arms sales to European allies in recent weeks, including more than $850 million in advanced missiles and rockets to Finland
, which is currently seeking to join the NATO military alliance.
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) outlined the latest sale
to Finland on Monday, noting that the State Department has approved a deal for 40 AIM-9 Sidewinder missiles and related guidance units, as well as 48 AGM-154 Joint Standoff Weapons, for an estimated $323.3 million.
The State Department gave the green light for an even larger arms transfer to Finland earlier this month, approving a $535 million sale
for hundreds of Guided Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (GMLRS), which can be fired from two US-made multi-launch rocket platforms: the M270A1 MLRS and the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).
The latter weapon has made an appearance on the Ukrainian battlefield, as the Joe Biden administration has provided at least 38 HIMARS launchers
to Kiev, one of the heaviest and longest-range weapons shipped to the country since Russia’s invasion kicked off last winter.
As of November 8, Belgium is set to receive $380 million
in AIM-120 air-to-air missiles and related gear, which the DSCA said would help to keep Brussels’ F-16 and F-35 fleets in “combat-ready status.”
Lithuania, meanwhile, is looking to procure eight HIMARS launchers and various munitions to the tune of $495 million
, a deal that would require US personnel to visit the country twice each year for "program management reviews" and other support services. The State Department authorized that sale on November 9, though all of the above deals still must receive final approval by Congress.
Switzerland also got in on this month’s European spending spree, outdoing its neighbors by nearly twofold with a $700 million purchase
for 72 PAC-3 Segment Enhanced missiles for its US-made Patriot batteries. Despite the country’s nominal non-aligned status, the DSCA said the sale would help improve “interoperability with US and NATO forces,” underscoring Switzerland’s close military ties with the North Atlantic bloc.
As the world’s largest arms exporter, such deals are not uncommon for the United States, though the pace of recent sales to European allies could highlight growing anxieties in the wake of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.
The offensive also prompted both Finland and Sweden to apply to join NATO back in May, breaking with years of neutrality
. While all but two member states have since ratified their admission, the Nordic countries are set to remain close partners to the alliance regardless of their formal membership status. Both conduct regular joint military drills with NATO allies, while Stockholm became the first non-NATO member authorized to purchase and deploy its own Patriot missile battery
last year, indicating its tight relations with Washington.