Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Washington approves plane, missile sale to South Korea

Washington approves plane, missile sale to South Korea

Washington, Sep 14 (IANS): US President Donald Trump's administration has approved the sale of 64 missiles and six surveillance planes for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion, the State Department has announced.

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 Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of the approval of both sales earlier this week.

The P-8A Poseidon, made by Boeing, can be used for intelligence and reconnaissance as well as for anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) has requested to buy sixty four (64) Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) Missiles.

Thursday's announcement comes as the United States and allies are days away from launching a new effort to "name and shame" North Korea by publicly exposing violations of sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear and missile programmes, defence officials told CNN.

The ROK procured and has operated US -produced P-3 Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (MSA) for over 25 years, providing interoperability and critical capabilities to coalition maritime operations.

The new aircraft, if bought, will help modernize and sustain South Korea's maritime surveillance aircraft capability for the next 30 years, according to the DSCA.

South Korea will use the system "to improve its missile defence capability, defend its territorial integrity and deter threats to regional stability", the statement said.

"The proposed sale of this equipment and support does not alter the basic military balance in the region".

Some 28,500 American troops are now stationed in the South.

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