SANTIAGO, July 7 (Xinhua) — The U.S. government on Wednesday approved the sale of 42 missiles and various support systems to the Chilean army at a total cost of 140 million U.S. dollars, Chile's Radio Cooperativa announced Wednesday.

The report explained that the proposal had been approved by the U.S. Congress on July 1, involving 33 RIM-162 Evolved SeaSparrow (ESSM) missiles, six ESSM Telemetry Missiles and three MK41 vertical launching systems.

The deal also includes 10 MK25 Quad Pack canisters, five SeaSparrow shipping containers, five MK73 Continuous Wave Illumination Transmitters, and one Inertial Missile Initializer Power Supply.

Furthermore, the U.S. will provide spare and repair parts, train Chilean personnel to use the equipment as well as installation and technical assistance in the future.

The missiles will be applied to Chile's type 23 naval frigates and will be provided by Raytheon Missile Systems and BAE Systems.