Washington approves plane, missile sale to S.Korea

Lester Mason
September 16, 2018

US State Dept sanctions possible military sales worth $2.6 billion to South Korea, including six P-8A Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft and 64 Patriot ballistic anti-missile weapons, the Pentagon reported on Thursday.

The State Department has approved a possible sale to the Republic of Korea of six P-8A maritime patrol aircraft for $2.1 billion, as well as 64 Patriot PAC-3 missiles for $501 million.

A U.S. Navy Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft takes part in the Malta International Airshow at SmartCity Malta outside Kalkara, Malta, September 23, 2017.

"The proposed sale will support US foreign policy and national security objectives by enhancing Korea's naval capabilities to provide national defense and significantly contribute to coalition operations", it added.

The ROK has operated US manufactured P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft for decades, with the P-8A gradually replacing allied fleets.

The Patriots, to be made by Texas-based Lockheed-Martin, are created to intercept tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and other airborne threats.

The ROK will use the Patriot missile system to improve its missile defense capability, defend its territorial integrity and deter threats to regional stability.

It will also "increase the defensive capabilities of the (South Korean) Military to guard against hostile aggression and shield the allies who train and operate within South Korea's borders".

US partner South Korea is engaged in chats with North Korea on enhancing relations and the United States is associated with its own particular political endeavors with North Korea on denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.

However, no details were agreed, and Washington and Pyongyang have sparred since over what that means and how it will be achieved.

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