The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of AGM-114R1 Hellfire missiles and associated equipment to the Republic of Korea.
Under the estimated $81m sale, South Korea has requested for the supply of 400 AGM-114R1 Hellfire II semi-active laser missiles with containers, 100 ATM-114Q air training missiles, and 12 M36E8 Hellfire II captive air training missiles.
South Korea intends to use the Hellfire missiles to supplement its existing missile capability and current weapon inventory, while strengthening its homeland defence and to deter regional threats.
The sale is expected to contribute to South Korea’s force modernisation goals and enhance interoperability with the US forces.
The transaction directly contributes to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the US by addressing the legitimate security and defence requirements of South Korea, which is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the Western Pacific, and a key partner of the US in ensuring peace and stability in the region.
Lockheed Martin will serve as prime contractor of the FMS programme.
The Hellfire II missile uses a semi-active laser homing guidance system and an integrated blast fragmentation sleeve warhead to engage targets that previously required multiple Hellfire variants.
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, and can also be used by lock-on before or after launch for enhanced platform survivability.