Lockheed-Martin has announced that the US Army has executed a letter of
agreement with Taiwan on the purchase of AGM-114M Hellfire II blast
fragmentation missile rounds worth about $50 million.
The sale will be executed through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. A
contract between the US government and Lockheed-Martin has been placed for more
than 600 AGM-114M and AGM-114K Hellfire II missiles. Taiwan will receive more
than 400 AGM-114Ms, Israel will receive up to 60 AGM-114Ks and the balance will
go to the US Army inventory.
This contract represents the largest order for AGM-114M missiles placed to date,
either both domestically or internationally. Production work began early this
year and is expected to last for six months at Lockheed-Martin manufacturing
plant in Troy, Alabama.
The AGM-114M Hellfire II is a variant of proven AGM-114K replacing the high
explosive anti-tank (HEAT) with blast fragmentation warhead. The blast
fragmentation warhead along with a delay fuze has been optimized for naval
targets engagement. The M variant can destroy corvettes and small-sized frigates
launched either from rotary-wing aircraft, boats or ground platforms.
With this order becomes the second AGM-114M operator after the United States
military. Taiwan will use these missiles to strength its defenses against
hostile amphibious assault operations coming from China. At the same time,
Taiwan will improve its interoperability with US military forces.
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