The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $800m foreign military sale (FMS) of Hellfire missiles to Iraq.

Under the deal, Iraq has requested the supply of 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles, ten 114K M36E9 captive air training missiles, and associated equipment and defence services.

Lockheed Martin will serve as the principal contractor.

The proposed sale will improve a critical capability of the Iraq Security Forces in defeating ISIS, thereby contributing to US foreign policy and national security goals.

The missiles improve the Iraq Security Forces’ capability to support ongoing combat operation and future contingency operations.

Manufactured at Lockheed’s facility in Alabama, US, the AGM-114 Hellfire is a precision-strike, multipurpose, air-to-ground missile system. It is primarily designed to provide anti-armour capability for attack helicopters against a wide range of targets.

The 100lb missile is equipped with semi-active laser seekers, and can be locked on before or after launch for increased platform survivability.

Last year, the US approved similar sales worth $146m and $30m to Lebanon and France respectively.

France requested 200 AGM-114K1A Hellfire missiles, missile conversion kits, blast fragmentation sleeves, installation kits, containers and transportation.

The Lebanese Government requested 1,000 missiles, along with spare and repair parts, support and training equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training, logistics and programme support.

Image: Lockheed Martin Longbow Hellfire. Photo: courtesy of Stahlkocher/Wikipedia.