The Republic of Korea has requested the purchase of 36 Apache helicopters worth $3.6 billion under the Foreign Military Sales program, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Tuesday.
DSCA said it had notified Congress of the possible sale with the government of Korea for AH-64D Apache Longbow Block III Attack Helicopters, associated equipment, training, repair and spare parts and logistical support.
According to the statement, Korea will use the new attack helicopters for protecting its borders and littoral waters, as well as conducting counter-terrorism operations.
The associated equipment detailed in the proposal includes radios, missile launchers, missiles, rockets, chain guns, engines, specialized helmets and various electronic equipment.
DSCA said the potential sale is anticipated to help improve the Korean Army’s close air support, air interdiction, armed reconnaissance, strike coordination/reconnaissance, forward air control, and aerial escort capabilities while enhancing interoperability with U.S. forces.
Prime contractors will include Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp., General Electric Co., Millimeter Technology, and Longbow LLC, if the proposal is implemented.
Longbow is a joint venture of Lockheed and Northrop Grumman.
The proposed sale may require additional full-time U.S. contractors and U.S. government representatives in Korea to establish a U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command field office for three years of technical and logistical support.
An estimated three-year post production support and anticipated future follow-on support contract are also included in the proposed contract.
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