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South Korea requests Hellfire missiles

22nd March 2021 - 09:24 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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AGM-114R to equip Republic of Korea Army AH-64E attack helicopters.

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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