US approves sale of Hellfire missiles to France

4 May 2016 (Last Updated May 4th, 2016 18:30)

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $30m foreign military sale (FMS) of Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, training and support to France.

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The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $30m foreign military sale (FMS) of Hellfire missiles and associated equipment, training and support to France.

Under the sale, France has requested 112 AGM-114K1A missiles and 102 AGM-114N1A missiles, as well as 50 ATM-114Q1A training missiles.

The contract will also cover defence equipment, including four Hellfire missile mock-up models, four Hellfire II AGM-114N warhead mock-ups, 30 Hellfire M36-E4 training missiles and 60 Hellfire M60 dummy missiles, as well as a range of spare parts.

The potential sale will also include dome covers, missile warhead sections, 30 simulators, three AN-205Bs, 44 IRIS systems, three calibration cables, 13 AGM-114K1A precursors, and a Hellfire tripod launcher.

"France has requested 112 AGM-114K1A missiles and 102 AGM-114N1A missiles, as well as 50 ATM-114Q1A training missiles."

The proposed sale will allow French forces in Mali and Northern Africa to engage targets with minimal collateral damage, as well as contribute to US foreign policy and national security goals.

The acquisition will meet France's operational requirements for a precision-guided tactical missile for its Tigre attack helicopter.

France recently requested the sale of guided multiple launch rocket system (GMLRS) unitary rocket pods.

The request included 21 GMLRS unitary rocket pods, a quality assurance team (QAT), publications, live-fire data, software updates, and technical assistance.


Image: Hellfire can be deployed from rotary and fixed-wing aircraft, waterborne vessels and land-based systems. Photo: courtesy of Stahlkocher.