SEOUL, South Korea (BulgarianMilitary.com) – The U.S. State Department has cleared $314 million (£247 million) in possible sales of air defence missiles to South Korea, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, quoting Reuters.
South Korea, a key Asian ally of the United States, asked to buy up to 94 SM-2 missiles used by ships against air threats, along with 12 guidance systems and technical assistance for a total cost of $313.9 million, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on its website.
The agency, a unit of the Department of Defense, delivered certification on Thursday notifying Congress of the possible sale.
The proposed sale comes after North Korea recently criticised South Korea’s defence purchases from the United States, including the arrival of the first F-35 stealth aircraft.
South Korea already uses SM-2 missiles developed by Raytheon Co, but is building more missile defence-capable destroyers equipped with the weapon.
Separately, Japan, another key U.S. ally in the region, was also cleared to buy $317 million worth of medium-range air-to-air missiles from Washington, the DSCA said.
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Reporting by Ju-min Park