US approves potential sale of F-35 Munitions to Korea

The State Department of United States (US) has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of F-35 Munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $271 million.

The Government of the Republic of Korea has requested to buy:-

  • thirty-nine (39) AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM)
  • two (2) AIM-120C-8 AMRAAM Guidance Sections
  • eighty-eight (88) KMU-556 Tail Kits for the GBU-31v1 Joint Direct-Attack Munition (JDAM)
  • eighty-six (86) Mk-84 General Purpose (GP) 2000-lb bombs for the GBU-31v1 JDAM
  • seventy (70) KMU-557 Tail Kits for the GBU- 31v3 JDAM
  • seventy (70) BLU-109C/B 2000-lb bombs for the GBU-31v3 JDAM
  • seventy-eight (78) KMU- 572 Tail Kits for the GBU-54 Laser JDAM (LJDAM)
  • two hundred sixty-nine (269) MAU-169 Computer Control Groups/Guidance Sections for the GBU-12 Paveway II
  • two hundred sixty-nine (269) MXU-650 Air Foil Groups for the GBU-12 Paveway II
  • three hundred forty-two (342) Mk-82 500-lb GP bombs for the GBU-12 Paveway II or GBU-54 LJDAM
  • twelve (12) Mk-82 inert bombs
  • thirty-five (35) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb-Increment 1 (SDB-I) All-Up-Rounds (AUR) with containers
  • one hundred eighteen (118) GBU-53 Small Diameter Bomb-Increment 2 (SDB-II) AURs.

Also included are AIM-120 control section spares and containers; DSU-38 Laser Illuminated Target Detectors; SDB-I Tactical Training Rounds and carriage systems; SDB-II Practical Explosive Ordnance Disposal Trainers (PEST) and Weapon Load Crew Trainer (WLCT) units; FMU-139 fuzes; Common Munitions Built-in-Test (BIT)/Reprogramming Equipment (CMBRE); ADU-891 adapter group computer test sets; Mk-84 practice bombs and other training bombs/components; munitions support and support equipment including propellant and explosive charges; classified software delivery and support; spare parts, consumables, and accessories, and repair and return support; major modifications, maintenance, and maintenance support; transportation and airlift support; classified/unclassified publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; contractor logistics support (CLS); studies and surveys; U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. 

Worth mentioning that this proposed sale will support the foreign policy goals and national security objectives of US by improving the security of a major ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in the Indo-Pacific region.

The proposed sale will improve the Republic of Korea’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing its fighter fleet with a range of air-to-air and air-to-ground munitions to deter aggression in the region and ensure interoperability with U.S. forces.

Besides, Korea will have no difficulty absorbing these articles and services into its armed forces.

Noteworthy, the principal contractors will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Ocala, FL; Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Tucson, AZ; and the Boeing Company, Huntsville, AL. 

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the Republic of Korea.