Monday, 12 November, 2018

US approves sale of six Boeing patrol aircraft to South Korea

P-8A Poseidon aircraft takes off from a Boeing facility in Seattle Wash P-8A Poseidon aircraft takes off from a Boeing facility in Seattle Wash
Steven Clarke | 16 September, 2018, 02:22

Washington, Sep 14 (IANS): US President Donald Trump's administration has approved the sale of 64 missiles and six surveillance planes for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion, the State Department has announced.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.

The proposed sale will support US national security by improving Korea's naval capabilities for coalition operations.

The first sale, worth $2.1 billion, is for six P-8A Patrol Aircraft and related equipment.

The Poseidon aircraft are used in anti-submarine warfare and maritime reconnaissance operations.

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South Korea "will use the Patriot missile system to improve its missile defense capability, defend its territorial integrity and deter threats to regional stability", the notice said.

As part of the sale, South Korea would also receive tactical radio, navigation and early missile warning sensors for the aircraft.

Also included are commercial engines; Tactical Open Mission Software (TOMS); Electro-Optical (EO) and Infrared (IO) MX-20HD; AN/AAQ-2 (V) 1 Acoustic System; AN/APY-10 Radar; ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures; AN/ALE-47 Counter Measures Dispensing System; support equipment; operation support systems; maintenance trainer/classrooms; publications; software, engineering, and logistics technical assistance; foreign liaison officer support; contractor engineering technical services; fix and return; transportation; aircraft ferry; and other associated training, logistics, support equipment and services. The Republic of Korea asked for 64 Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missiles.

"The ROK is one of the closest allies in the INDOPACOM Theater", the agency said, referring to South Korea by its official name, the Republic of Korea.

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