Drone sale to South Korea

The Pentagon has told Congress the United States to sell the drone drone unmanned Global Hawk high-altitude to South Korea. With this agreement, the ability to rise Seoul intelligence observations.

Ministry of Defense of the United States to sell four versions of the Block 30 aircraft unmanned RQ-4 Global Hawk to Seoul under the Foreign Military Sales program. Formally, the Congress must approve this sale, which is estimated to be worth U.S. $ 1.2 billion, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (Dsca), Ministry of Defense of the United States. The MoD originally thought about to mempesiunkan Block 30 version drones.

This agreement includes the equipment related to the drones, spare parts, training and logistical support. Sales of drones to South Korea is in line with the mission of intelligence gathering Joint Command of the Armed Forces led by the United States in South Korea which has a number of troops in 2015.

Currently, South Korea to host 30,000 U.S. troops to the task by using advanced technology. RQ-4 Global Hawk is an unmanned aircraft Northrop Grumman-made which is currently operated U.S. soldiers and German. Drone is actually have the same role with the Lockheed U-2 can operate in all weather to gather intelligence.

Congress of the United States may be facing selling drone, but diplomatic sources told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency that U.S. legislators will not prop. Formerly the United States does not want to sell drones to Seoul, Yonhap writes. Drones can do landscape survey with radar and optical sensors can penetrate clouds while flying at an altitude of 20 km. Model Block 30 may be too expensive for South Korea.

In January this year the U.S. Air Force announced it would retire the fleet of drones this type and will replace it with a more sophisticated version of the drone Block-40 in 2013. Retire drone version of Block-30 will save $ 2.5 billion over five years of operation. But it seems that the U.S. Congress does not approve the version of Block-40 and Block agreed to continue to use version-30 until 2014.

The United States can only sell items that close obsolete, by the purchaser’s benefit schemes such as South Korea and somewhat opposed by Congress. This sale would benefit Northrop Grumman.


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