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South Korea requests Hellfire missiles
The US State Department has approved a potential FMS of 288 AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles and related equipment to South Korea, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 19 March.
Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor in the $36 million deal, which also includes AGM-114R spare parts; contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support; repair and return; storage; and other related elements of logistical and programme support.
‘The ROK [Republic of Korea] intends to use these Hellfire missiles to supplement its existing missile capability and current weapon inventory for its AH-64E [Apache Guardian attack helicopter] aircraft,’ the DSCA noted, adding that the proposed sale will ‘ensure interoperability with other AGM-114R Hellfire missile users in the region’.
A total of 36 AH-64Es are in service with the ROK Army; they are being upgraded to the AH-64Ev6 configuration, which allows manned-unmanned teaming.
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