WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Republic of Korea plans to buy 288 AGM-114R Hellfire missiles from Lockheed Martin in a deal worth a total of $ 26 million. The US State Department announced this after publishing an official announcement on the Defense Security Cooperation Agency website.
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The deal also includes spare parts for the same missile and engineering, logistics, and technical maintenance of the missiles. If necessary, Lockheed Martin will repair and store the missiles.
The AGM-114R Hellfire is a missile that is designed for all types of purposes. Lockheed has been producing the rocket since 2021. This variant of the Hellfire family is controlled by semi-active laser targeting. The missile has a multifunctional warhead and a range of up to 8000 meters. The base price for one piece is approximately $ 100,000.
According to a statement from the US State Department, it is clear that the Republic of Korea will use the missile to increase its AH-64E Apache helicopters’ combat capabilities. According to the State Department, the sale of AGM-114R Hellfire missiles to the Republic of Korea will help stability and security in East Asia and the Western Pacific.
New light helicopter with a swarm of drones
On March 6 we announced that a memorandum of understanding has been signed between a South Korean and an Israeli company. The memo will serve for future cooperation in the development of South Korean helicopters armed with kamikaze drones.
Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) is the company that must develop and produce a prototype helicopter for the needs of the South Korean army over the next five years. Israel Aerospace Industries will aim to offer a solution for launching a kamikaze drone mechanism and drones, which will become part of the future helicopter’s arsenal.
According to the information provided in advance, Seoul should develop its light helicopter within the next 12 to 24 months.
“Through the combination of domestic aircraft technology and IAI’s excellent unmanned aerial system technology, IAI and KAI would provide a foothold for innovation, such as strengthening the defense power of the Republic of Korea and commercializing exports in the future,” said KAI President and CEO Ahn Hyun-ho
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