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Netherlands requests AGM-114R Hellfire missiles

17th July 2017 - 9:30 by The Shephard News Team

The US is considering a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AGM-114R Hellfire missiles and Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM) to the Netherlands, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on 11 July. The estimated cost of the package is $34 million.

The Netherlands has requested an additional 70 AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles, adding to a previously implemented case valued at $26.3 million for 180 AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles and 24 M36E8 CATMs with supporting equipment.

The request also includes a Launcher Test Station (LTS), LTS spares, two maintenance support devices, integrated logistics support tools, M299 launcher software upgrade and testing, aircrew familiarisation training and launcher test station training.

The Netherlands has requested the Hellfire missiles to equip its AH-64D Apache helicopters, to improve its homeland defence capabilities, deter regional threats, and provide direct support to coalition operations.

If the deal goes ahead, Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor for the programme.

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