State Dept. Approves Sale of P-8A Aircraft to South Korea
WASHINGTON — The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea (ROK) of six P-8A maritime patrol aircraft for an estimated cost of $2.1 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a Sept. 13 release. The DSCA delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on the same date.
The request includes nine Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio Systems 5 (one for each aircraft, one for the Tactical Operations Center and two as spares); 14 LN-251 with Embedded GPS/Inertial Navigations Systems (two for each aircraft and two as spares); and 42 AAR-54 Missile Warning Sensors (six for each aircraft and six as spares). Also included are commercial engines; Tactical Open Mission Software; Electro-Optical and Infrared MX-20HD; AAQ-2(V)1 Acoustic System/APY-10 Radar; ALQ-240 Electronic Support Measures; ALE-47 Counter Measures Dispensing System; support equipment; operation support systems; maintenance trainer/classrooms; publications; software, engineering and logistics technical assistance; foreign liaison officer support; contractor engineering technical services; repair and return; transportation; aircraft ferry; and other associated training, logistics, support equipment and services.
The ROK procured and has operated U.S.-produced P-3 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for more than 25 years, providing interoperability and critical capabilities to coalition maritime operations. The ROK has maintained a close MPA acquisition and sustainment relationship with the U.S. Navy over that period. The proposed sale will allow the ROK to modernize and sustain its MPA capability for the next 30 years.
The prime contractor will be The Boeing Co., Seattle. Additional contractors include: ASEC; Air Cruisers Co. LLC; Arnprior Aerospace, Canada; AVOX Zodiac Aerospace; BAE; Canadian Commercial Corp./EMS; Compass; David Clark; DLS or ViaSat; DRS; Exelis; GC Micro; General Dynamics; General Electric, UK; Harris; Joint Electronics; Lockheed Martin; Martin Baker; Northrop Grumman Corp.; Pole Zero; Raytheon; Raytheon, UK; Rockwell Collins; Spirit Aero; Symmetries Telephonics; Terma; Viking; and WESCAM.