State Dept OKs South Korea’s Request for $2.5B in F-16 Upgrade Services

F16FleetSouth Korea plans to modernize the country’s KF-16 fighter aircraft fleet through a potential $2.5 billion foreign military sales deal approved by the U.S. State Department.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) will be the prime contractors for the planned modernization of 134 KF-16C/D Block 52 jets, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday.

South Korea will buy modular mission computers, active electronically scanned array radars, friend or foe identification systems, laser joint direct attack munitions, bomb-guided test vehicles, training missiles, and other equipment and spare and repair parts.

The proposed FMS deal also covers documentation, provisioning, technical, logistics and personnel training support services.

DSCA said some U.S. government and contractor personnel could also travel to South Korea to provide program management support.

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