The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Republic of South Korea for Harpoon Block II
Missiles as well as associated equipment and services.
The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $130 million.
The Government of Korea has requested a possible sale of 42 AGM-84L
(air-launched) and 16 UGM-84L (submarine-launched) HARPOON guided missiles, 22
MK 607 MOD 0 containers, 2 HARPOON Training Ballistic Air Missiles, containers;
training devices; spare and repair parts; technical support; support equipment;
personnel training and training equipment; technical data and publications; U.S.
Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services; and other
related elements of logistics support.
The estimated cost is $130 million. The Government 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.
No foreign policy or military developments affect this proposed sale. Korea
intends to use the purchase to upgrade and modernize its existing HARPOON
missile capability. The missiles will be installed on South Korea's Navy
Destroyers, Submarines, Patrol Boats, and F-16 and P-3C aircraft.
Korea already has operational HARPOON missiles and weapons stations in its
military inventory. It will have no difficulty absorbing these additional
missiles into its armed forces. The proposed sale of this equipment and support
will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be: The Boeing Company of St. Louis, Missouri and
Delex Systems, Incorporated, of Vienna, Virginia. There are no known offset
agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. U.S. Government or
contractor personnel may be temporarily assigned in country, to conduct
technical and program management oversight and support requirements. This notice
of a potential sale is required by law; it does not mean that the sale has been
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