On February 15th, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of munitions, sub-systems and related equipment for F-15K aircraft to the Republic of Korea.
The proposed sale consists of 40 APG-63 Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar; 40 ALQ-135 Electronic Warfare Systems; 60 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems; 157 AIM-120C Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles; 105 AIM-9X SIDEWINDER missiles; 118 Guided Joint Direct Attack Munitions/Global Positioning Systems; four GBU-12 and 48 GBU-24 Guided Bomb Units; 45 AGM-154 Joint Stand-Off Weapons; 42 AGM-130 and 42 AGM-142C/D stand-off air-to-ground missiles; 18 AGM-84L Block II HARPOON missiles; 20 AGM-88B Block IIIA High-speed Anti-Radiation Missiles; 63 MK-82 500 lbs. Laser Guided Bomb Warhead; 16 CBU-87, 16 CBU-97, 16 CBU-103, and 16 CBU-105 Cluster Bomb Units; 80 AN/ARC-210 HAVE QUICK Radios; 40 ALR-56C radar warning receivers; 40 AN/APX-113 Identify Friend Foe with Mode IV; and 40 AN/ALE-47 Chaff and Flares Countermeasures Sets; associated support equipment, software development/integration, spares and repair parts, flight test instrumentation, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics personnel services, and other related requirements to ensure full program supportability will also be provided.
The estimated cost of this possible sale is $1.5 billion. If the ROKG selects the F-15K from among several competing foreign aircraft, it would purchase the aircraft and engines commercially, for which there would be an eventual notification of the commercial sale.
This proposed sale, together with the related F-15K commercial sale, will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Northeast Asia.
This proposed sale will provide an opportunity to further modernize and strengthen the ROKG air forces. The munitions, associated equipment and support proposed for this sale will improve the ROK Air Force's capabilities as well as its ability to protect and defend its national boundaries. ROKG will have no difficulty absorbing these additional munitions into their armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be the Boeing Company of Seattle, Washington. (The F-15 production line is in St. Louis, Missouri.) There are no offset agreements proposed in connection with this FMS portion of the proposed sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government representatives; however, it is estimated that approximately eight contractor representatives will be required for seven years for technical support in Korea.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.