France will acquire 1,515 Hellfire Missiles under a possible US$203 million foreign military sale approved by the US State Department.
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The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of the possible sale on 7 July.
Under the sale, the French government has requested to buy up to 1,515 air-to-ground missiles (AGM-114R2) Hellfire missiles, technical assistance, publications, logistical and program support.
AGM-114R “Romeo” multi-purpose Hellfire missiles are intended for use against armoured vehicles, fortified positions, and soft targets by helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a NATO ally that is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe,” the DSCA statement said.
“The proposed sale will improve France’s capability to meet current and future threats by building its long-term defence capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to meet its national defence requirements.”
Lockheed Martin will be the prime contractor and the proposed sale will not require the assignment of US government or contractor representatives to France.