US government has approved the sale of 12 multi-mission Seahawk helicopters to South Korea worth $800 million. The announcement was made after the US President Donald Trump announced that South Korea had agreed to pay more for US military presence in their country.
The proposal will improve the Republic of Korea Navy’s capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions. The sale will assist the Republic of Korea in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.
The helicopters are bolstered with an anti-surface and anti-submarine mission. This can handle the secondary missions like replenishment, search and rescue, and communications relay.
Along with $800 million proposal sale of helicopters, the country have also proposed sale including 13 APS-153(V) multi-mode radars, 25 T-700-GE-401C engines, 4 M-240D crew-served guns, 4 GAU-21 crew-served guns, 12 Airborne Low Frequency Sonar systems, 24 embedded GPS and inertial navigation systems with selective availability/anti-spoofing modules, and 1,000 AN / SSQ-36 / 53 / 62 sonobuoys, among other equipment.