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The US State Department has approved a brace of missile-related Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to South Korea, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has announced.

On 14 November 2023 the US State Department approved an FMS to South Korea of Standard Missile 6 Block I (SM-6 Blk I) surface-to-air missiles. Worth an estimated USD 650 M (EUR 598 M), the deal includes up to 38 SM-6 Block I missiles; MK 21 Vertical Launch System (VLS) canisters; obsolescence engineering, integration, and test (EI&T) materiel and support; handling equipment; spares; training and training equipment; technical publications; and various aspects of engineering, logistics and programme support.

An SM-6 being launched by the destroyer USS John Paul Jones in June 2014. South Korea, which is already an operator of the SM-6, is receiving up to 38 more missiles. (Photo: US Navy)

On 15 November, meanwhile, a sale of AIM-9X Block II/Block II+ Sidewinder air-to-air missiles to South Korea was approved. The deal, worth USD 52.1 M (EUR 47.9 M), includes 42 AIM-9X missiles, 10 AIM-9X captive air training missiles (CATM), five AIM-9X Block II+ tactical guidance units, three AIM-9X CATM guidance units (GU), missile containers, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, and various aspects of engineering, logistics and programme support.

Both sales were submitted to the US Congress for final approval.

Raytheon Missiles and Defense is the principal contractor for the two FMS deals out of its facilities in Tucson, Arizona.