US State Department approves sale of AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles to UK

27 August 2020 (Last Updated August 27th, 2020 11:44)

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to the Government of the UK for 395 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles for an estimated value of $46m.

US State Department approves sale of AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles to UK
The AGM-114 Hellfire missiles are manufactured by Lockheed Martin. Credit: USAASC.

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale to the Government of the UK for 395 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles for an estimated value of $46m.

The required certification notifying Congress about this possible sale was delivered by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

The UK Government had put a request for the acquisition of the 395 missiles and this request also included technical assistance, publications, integration support, and other related aspects regarding logistics and program support.

The proposed sale will not only support the foreign policy but also the national security objectives of the US Government by bolstering the security of a Nato ally.

Furthermore, the acquisition of these missiles is expected to help the UK to replace expiring and unserviceable missiles and bolstering its capability to meet current and future threats. The missiles are also expected to help maintain its ability to carry out missions across a wide range of military operations. These missiles will also be easily inducted by the UK into its armed forces.

The proposed sale will not change the basic military balance in the region.

Florida-based Lockheed Martin Corporation is the primary contractor for the order.

Execution of this proposed sale is not expected to require the assignment of any more US Government or contractor representatives to the UK.

Additionally, it is considered that there will be no adverse impact on US defence readiness due to this sale.

This is a notice of potential sale and does not indicate that the sale has been completed.

The AGM-114 Hellfire is a 100lb air-to-surface missile. It was initially built for anti-armour use. However, the subsequent models are intended for precision drone strikes against other target kinds.

In July, the US State Department approved a possible foreign military sale to the Government of the Philippines of Scout, Assault, and Light Support Boats with armaments and related equipment for $126m.