FMS: Republic of Korea Seeks Sale of Eight MH-60S Helicopters


Released on Wednesday, July 22, 2009
South Korea
AN/AES-1 ALMDS
AN/ALQ-220 OASIS
AN/AQS-20A
AN/ASQ-235 AMNS
MH-60S Knighthawk
RAMICS
T700-GE-401C
AMCM - Airborne Mine Countermeasures
DSCA - Defense Security Cooperation Agency
FMS - Foreign Military Sale
GE - General Electric
WASHINGTON, July 22, 2009 - On July 17, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government Korea of eight MH-60S Multi-Mission Helicopters with 16 T700-GE-401C Turbo shaft engines and associated Airborne Mine Countermeasure (AMCM) Sensors, eight AN/AQS-20A Towed Sonar Mine Countermeasure Systems, eight AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection Systems, eight AN/ASQ-235 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems, eight AN/ALQ-220 Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep Systems, eight AN/AWS-2 Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance Systems and related support and services. The estimated cost is $1.0 billion.

The Republic of Korea has requested a possible sale eight MH-60S Multi-Mission Helicopters with 16 T700-GE-401C Turbo shaft engines and associated Airborne Mine Countermeasure (AMCM) Sensors, eight AN/AQS-20A Towed Sonar Mine Countermeasure Systems, eight AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection Systems, eight AN/ASQ-235 Airborne Mine Neutralization Systems, eight AN/ALQ-220 Organic Airborne and Surface Influence Sweep Systems, eight AN/AWS-2 Rapid Airborne Mine Clearance Systems, test and support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other related logistics support.

The Republic of Korea is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the Western Pacific and a key partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability in that region. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist our ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability, which will contribute to an acceptable military balance in the area. This proposed sale is consistent with those objectives.

The Republic of Korea needs these helicopters to support the Korean Navy's ability to provide mine warfare detection and mine neutralization operations to maintain critical sea-lines of communication and coastal access around the Korean peninsula.

The principal contractors will be Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation in Stratford, Conn., Lockheed Martin Systems Integration in Owego, N.Y.; Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems in Tucson, Ariz.; Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in McKinney, TX.; Northrop Grumman Corporation in Melbourne, Fla.; ITT Corporation in Panama City, Fla., and Enterprise Ventures Corporation in Johnstown, Pa. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require temporary travel for U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the Republic of Korea for in-country training. There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale. This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

Source: Korea - MH-60S Multi-Mission Helicopters

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