The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale worth approximately $1.91bn to the Republic of Korea for Aegis Combat Systems and associated equipment, parts, and logistical support.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress about the possible sale.
Under this proposed deal, South Korea will receive three Aegis shipboard combat systems, three MK-41 vertical launching systems, three common data link management systems, and three AN/UPX-29(V) identification friend or foe interrogators.
The scope of the delivery also includes spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, as well as personnel training, training equipment, tool and test equipment. US Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services will also be provided.
With the new Aegis Combat System, South Korea will be able to enhance capabilities of its naval ships to defend against possible aggression, and protect sea lines of communications.
It will support the Korean Navy’s efforts to upgrade its shipboard combat and ballistic missile defence capability.
This new development will also help the US to support security and defence needs of its ally and partner nation, which is a major political and economic power in East Asia and the Western Pacific.
In addition, it will enable US to help South Korea in develop and maintain strong, operational self-defence capabilities.
If approved the principal contractors for the deal will be Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Training, Raytheon Company, and General Dynamics Armament Systems.
The Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system integrates the SPY-1 radar, MK 41 vertical launching system, and SM-3 missile through an advanced command and control system.
Aegis BMD-equipped ships use hit-to-kill technology to intercept and destroy short and medium-range ballistic missiles.