The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) to Iraq of AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.
Under the estimated $700m sale, Iraq has requested 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles, Hellfire missile conversion, blast fragmentation sleeves and installation kits, containers, transportation, spare and repair parts, and support equipment, as well as personnel training and training equipment.
The package also covers publications and technical documentation, US Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.
In addition to enhancing the Iraq Security Forces’ capability to support current on-going ground missions, the Hellfire missiles are also expected to be used in future contingency operations.
The potential sale directly supports the Iraq Government and serves the interests of the people of Iraq and the US.
The AGM-114 Hellfire is a precision-strike, multi-purpose missile designed primarily to provide anti-armour capabilities for attack helicopters against a wide range of targets in the battlefield.
Designed for launch from multiple air, sea and ground platforms, the 100lb missile features semi-active laser seekers, a guidance computer and steering control, as well as propulsion systems. It can also be used by lock-on before or after launch for enhanced platform survivability.
The AGM-114K is a high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) variant, while the AGM-114R, also called Romeo Hellfire II, uses a semi-active laser homing guidance system and an integrated blast fragmentation sleeve warhead to engage targets that previously required multiple Hellfire variants.
Lockheed Martin has been named as prime contractor for the programme.
Image: An AGM-114 Hellfire loaded on a US Marine Corps’ AH-1W Super Cobra attack helicopter. Photo: courtesy of Looper5920.