According to an announcement on the U.S. General Services Administration on 30 May 2022, The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Precision Strike Weapons Program Office (PMA-201), intends to enter into sole-source negotiations and subsequently award a Firm-Fixed-Price (FFP) Delivery Order to The Boeing Company against Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA).
The anticipated contract provides for the design, production, testing, and delivery of a mobile coastal defense cruise missile capability supporting Building Partner Capacity (BPC).
“This contract is being pursued on a sole-source basis under the statutory authority of 10 U.S.C. 2304 (c)(1) as implemented by Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 6.302-1, only one responsible source and no other services will satisfy agency requirements. All responsible sources may submit a capability statement, proposal, or quotation, which shall be considered by the agency. Unless stated herein, no additional information is available.”
Who will get the Harpoon missiles?
The announcement doesn’t indicate which country is to receive coastal Harpoon missiles. The only indication is that the upcoming order is part of the Building Partner Capacity effort, which is committed to planning and implementing programs in support of the full range of capabilities to be provided through security cooperation.
As previously reported, the State Department of the United States approved a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Taiwan of up to 100 RGM-84L-4 Harpoon Coastal Defense Systems and related equipment for an estimated cost of $2.37 billion.
On the other hand, the U.S. officials declared their intention to assist Ukraine with modern anti-ship missiles to counter the Russian naval blockade, either Harpoon or Naval Strike Missile.
A third customer has not yet been named, so the missiles would probably be prepared for one of these two states, either Taiwan or Ukraine. Naval News will report on any developments in this case.