Korea to buy Global Hawk


The De­fense Se­cu­rity Co­op­er­a­tion Agency no­ti­fied Congress of a pos­si­ble for­eign mil­i­tary sale (FMS) to the Repub­lic of Korea (RoK) for four RQ-4 Block 30 (I) Global Hawk re­motely pi­loted air­craft and as­so­ci­ated equip­ment, parts, train­ing and lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port for an es­ti­mated cost of $1.2 bil­lion.

Korea has re­quested a pos­si­ble sale of four RQ-4 Block 30(I) Global Hawk re­motely pi­loted air­craft with the en­hanced in­te­grated sen­sor suite (EISS). The EISS in­cludes in­frared/elec­tro-op­ti­cal, syn­thetic aper­ture radar im­agery and ground mov­ing tar­get in­di­ca­tor, mis­sion con­trol el­e­ment, launch and re­cov­ery el­e­ment, sig­nals in­tel­li­gence package, an im­agery in­tel­li­gence ex­ploita­tion sys­tem, test equip­ment, ground sup­port, op­er­a­tional flight test sup­port, com­mu­ni­ca­tions equip­ment, spare and re­pair parts, per­son­nel train­ing and train­ing equip­ment, pub­li­ca­tions and tech­ni­cal data, US Government and con­trac­tor tech­ni­cal and lo­gis­tics sup­port ser­vices, and other re­lated el­e­ments of lo­gis­tics sup­port.

The es­ti­mated cost is $1.2 bil­lion. Korea needs this in­tel­li­gence and sur­veil­lance ca­pa­bil­ity to as­sume pri­mary re­sponsi-bil­ity for in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing from the USled Com­bined Forces Com­mand in 2015. The pro­posed sale will main­tain ad­e­quate in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance, and re­con­nais­sance ca­pa­bil­i­ties and will en­sure the al­liance is able to mon­i­tor and de­ter re­gional threats in 2015 and be­yond. Korea will have no dif­fi­culty ab­sorb­ing th­ese sys­tems into its armed forces.

The prin­ci­pal con­trac­tor will be Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion. There are no known off­set agree­ments pro­posed in con­nec­tion with this po­ten­tial sale.

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