The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of Hellfire missiles to France.
Under the estimated $30m sale, France has requested the supply of 200 AGM-114K1A Hellfire missiles, missile conversion kits, blast fragmentation sleeves, installation kits, containers and transportation.
There has been no principal contractor for the sale of the missiles, which would be taken from US Army stock.
The missiles will help meet France's operational requirements for a precision-guided tactical missile used by its Tigre attack helicopter.
The missiles will support French forces currently operating in Mali and Northern Africa, where they will be able to engage targets with minimal collateral damage.
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.
In June, the US approved the $146m sale of AGM-114 Hellfire II missiles to Lebanon.
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: The AGM-114 Hellfire missiles loaded on a US Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter at Balad Air Base in Iraq. Photo: courtesy of Looper5920 via Wikipedia.