Air-Launched Weapons

South Korea cleared to buy extended-range AMRAAM

17 October 2019

South Korea has been cleared to buy the extended-range Raytheon AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) as part of a wider package that includes the AIM-120C-7 it already fields.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 17 October that the State Department had approved the Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to the Republic of Korea of 120 AIM-120C-7/C-8 AMRAAMs valued at USD253 million. The DSCA did not break down the numbers of AIM-120C-7 and AIM-120C-8 missiles to be delivered.

The approval, which includes ancillary equipment and support, is geared towards equipping the Republic of Korea Air Force’s (RoKAF’s) Boeing F-15K Slam Eagle, Lockheed Martin KF-16 Fighting Falcon, and Lockheed Martin F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) fleets.

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