The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale (FMS) of SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles, SM-2 missile containers and support to the Republic of Korea (ROK).
Under the estimated $65m FMS, South Korea has requested $60m worth of major defence equipment (MDE) to procure 17 SM-2 Block IIIB missiles and 17 SM-2 missile containers.
The non-MDE package covers training, equipment, access to publications and technical data, US Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related logistics support.
Raytheon Electronic Systems Company will serve as the prime contractor for the sale.
Approved by the US State Department, the proposed sale is expected to bolster Korea’s defensive capability, while promoting interoperability with the US and allied forces.
The SM-2 Block IIIB Standard missiles will add to the existing SM-2 Block IIIA/IIIB inventory of the ROK Navy.
Raytheon built SM-2 Block IIIB missile is a fleet-area air defence weapon designed to provide protection against anti-ship missiles and enemy aircraft.
The missile, which entered into service with the US Navy in 1998, features advanced semi-active radar seeker technologies, tail controls and solid rocket motor propulsion, an active radar target detection device and a directional warhead.
The missile system is deployed aboard the US Navy’s Ticonderoga-class cruisers and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and is launched from the MK 41 vertical launcher system (VLS).
Image: Launch of RIM 66M SM-2 medium-range Block missile. Photo: courtesy of Ilikepie2221/US Navy.