ROK requests Patriot missiles from US government
The Republic of Korea (ROK) is seeking Patriot Anti-Tactical Missiles from the US government to enhance its capabilities to defend against ballistic missile, aircraft and cruise missile threats. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified congress of a potential Foreign Military Sale (FMS) for the equipment which has an estimated cost of $404 million.
Specifically, the ROK has requested 112 Patriot Anti-Tactical Missiles (ATM, which will be upgraded to the Guided Enhanced Missile-Tactical (GEM-T) configuration via a Direct Commercial Sale), test equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training, publications and technical data, US government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support.
The proposed sale of ATMs, and subsequent upgrade to GEM-T, will contribute to the ROK’s goal to develop a more capable defence force and enhance interoperability with US forces.
If it goes ahead the principal contractor for the FMS procurement and upgrade will be Raytheon.
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