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The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea at an estimated cost of US$39M. The country has requested to buy:

  • Two MK 15 MOD 25 PHALANX Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) Block 1B Baseline 2 (IB2) systems
  • 4,000 rounds
  • 20MM cartridge API linked
  • Spare parts
  • Support equipment
  • Ammunition
  • Books and other publications
  • Software
  • Training
  • Engineering (and other) technical assistance
  • Related elements of program and logistical support

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of the US by improving the security of a Major Non-NATO Ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Pacific region.

The Republic of Korea will use the systems aboard its first KDX III Batch II Class ship to provide it with effective means of detecting and defending itself against incoming airborne threats. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region. The principal contractor will be Raytheon Missile and Defense, Louisville, KY.  There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional US Government or contractor representatives to the Republic of Korea, though in-country visits will be required on a temporary basis in conjunction with programme technical oversight and support requirements. This includes multiple trips by US Government and contractor representatives to participate in programme and technical reviews, as well as to provide training and maintenance support in country, as required.

Jack Richardson