The Pentagon is conducting a “secret” purchase of Harpoon coastal anti-ship missiles.

Such missiles can be intended only for two countries – either Taiwan or Ukraine

The U.S. Naval Air Command (NAVAIR) has announced plans to purchase an unspecified number of Harpoon coastal anti-ship missiles from Boeing. The parameters of the agreement are not disclosed, the purchase will be “negotiated”, writes the portal Naval News.

The authors of the publication admit that the Pentagon can buy such missiles only for one of the two countries – either Taiwan or Ukraine. And the “secrecy” of the terms of the purchase and the “urgency” of the contract announcement may just hint that the Pentagon is literally “booking” all available Harpoon RCCs in the shore version and all the capacity to produce such missiles to unlock Ukraine’s seaports in the Black Sea as soon as possible. grain export.

One of the variants of the HCDS launcher for launching Harpoon Block II missiles, illustrative image from open sources
One of the variants of the HCDS launcher for launching Harpoon Block II missiles, illustrative image from open sources

Moreover, there are data that in October 2021 the Pentagon has already ordered the production of 100 HCDS launchers for Taiwan, 25 machines with fire control equipment and 400 Harpoon Block II RCDs, for $ 220 million, with delivery by July 2023. And also – in March 2022, orders for 100 HCDS launchers, 25 machines with fire control equipment “and other equipment” worth $ 498 million, with delivery by December 2028.

And it seems that the already available volume of 200 HCDS launchers, 50 fire control vehicles and at least 400 Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles is designed not only for the small island nation of Taiwan.

One of the variants of the HCDS launcher for launching Harpoon Block II missiles, illustrative image from open sources
One of the variants of the HCDS launcher for launching Harpoon Block II missiles, illustrative image from open sources

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