The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a $1.5bn potential foreign military sale (FMS) of CH-47F Chinook helicopters to South Korea.

It has already been approved by the US State Department.

Under this FMS, the US will provide 18 CH-47F helicopters, along with associated equipment including AN/APR-39 radar warning systems, AN/ARC-220 HF airborne communications systems, and 42 T55-GA-714A engines, of which 36 will be installed and six as spares.

The FMS includes the delivery of 22 common missile warning systems, with 18 installed and four spares. It also includes AN/APX-123A IFF transponders and other US government and contractor engineering support.

The preferred contractor for the deal is Boeing. South Korea is procuring the helicopters to enhance the capabilities of its army to perform heavy lift operations such as disaster relief, medical evacuation, and search and rescue. 

The DSCA has also notified Congress of another potential FMS of M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tanks (MBT) to Poland.

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The $3.75bn sale has been approved by the US State Department.

It includes 116 M1A1 MBTs, 12 M88A2 HERCULES combat recovery vehicles, six M577A3 command vehicles, eight M1110 joint assault bridges, 26 M1152A1 high mobility multi-purpose wheeled vehicles, and 26 M1279A1 joint light tactical vehicles.

In addition, Poland has also requested 116 M2 .50 calibre and 232 M240 7.62mm machine guns, 30,928 120mm M865 Target Practice Discarding Sabot – Tracer cartridges, and 2,000 120mm M829A3 Armor Piercing cartridges, among other munitions.

Prime contractors for this deal include BAE Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems, Allison Transmissions, Anniston Army Depot, Lockheed Martin, Leonardo DRS, and Honeywell, among others.

Poland has taken delivery of the first 24 K9 self-propelled howitzers and ten K2 tanks from South Korea.

As part of a framework agreement signed in July this year, Hyundai Rotem is contracted to supply a total of 1,000 K2 tanks and its Polonised K2PL development version.

Hanwha Defense will provide a total of 672 K9A1 self-propelled howitzers and its Polonised K9PL development version.

Polish President Andrzej Duda said: “To prevent aggression and to stop the enemy, it is necessary for the armed forces to have this equipment. Today, this state-of-the-art armament strengthens the Polish Armed Forces and becomes a fact.”