South Korea to Buy AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder and AGM-65G-2 Maverick Missiles


A Navy and Air Force AIM-9X Sidewinder Air Intercept Missile launches from the Army’s Multi-Mission Launcher (MML) during a recent Indirect Fire Protection Capability (IFPC) test at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico. (U.S. Army photo)

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder missiles and related support. The estimated cost is $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on January 31, 2017.

The Government of the Republic of Korea (ROK) has requested a possible sale of sixty (60) AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II All-up-Round Missiles and six (6) AIM-9X-2 Block II Tactical Guidance Units, containers, spares and missile support, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $70 million.

This proposed sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the United States. The ROK is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the Western Pacific and a key partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability in the region. It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist our Korean ally in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability. This sale increases the ROK’s capability to participate in Pacific regional security operations and improves its national security posture as a key U.S. ally.

The ROK intends to use the AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II missiles to supplement its existing inventory of AIM-9X-2 Block II missiles. The ROK will use the enhanced capability as a deterrent to regional threats and to strengthen its homeland defense. The ROK will have no difficulty absorbing these additional missiles into its armed forces.

GM-65G-2 Maverick Missiles
The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for AGM-65G-2 Maverick Missiles and related support. The estimated cost is $70 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying…



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