Egypt requests AGM-114K/R3 Hellfire II missiles sale from US

9 April 2015 (Last Updated April 9th, 2015 18:30)

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the US Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AGM-114K/R3 Hellfire II missiles and associated equipment to Egypt.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the US Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AGM-114K/R3 Hellfire II missiles and associated equipment to Egypt.

Under the estimated $57m sale, the Egyptian Government has requested for the supply of 356 AGM-114K/R3 Hellfire II air-to-ground missiles along with containers, spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, as well as other related elements of logistical and programme support.

Egypt is expected to use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence.

"Egypt is expected to use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defence."

Approved by the US State Department, the sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to serve as an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

The proposed sale represents the first transfer of the R variant of Hellfire II missile to Egypt, which already has the F and K variants in its inventory.

Lockheed Martin will serve as prime contractor for the FMS programme.

The AGM-114K is a high-explosive, anti-tank variant, while the AGM-114R uses a semi-active laser homing guidance system and an integrated blast fragmentation sleeve warhead to engage targets that previously required multiple Hellfire variants.

Also called Romeo Hellfire, the AGM-114R missile has a range of more than 8,700 yards and is designed for use against bunkers, caves, light vehicles and urban targets, as reported by UPI.

The Hellfire II is a precision-strike, multi-purpose, air-to-ground missile system, and provides anti-armour capability for attack helicopters against a wide range of targets on the battlefield.