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US approved a $30mn FMS from France for 200 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles.

| 2015
World Aviation Defense & Security News - France
US approved a $30mn FMS from France for 200 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of France for Hellfire Missiles and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $30 million. "The total estimated cost is $30 million," the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) declared today, Nov. 4, 2015.
US approved a 30mn FMS from France for 200 AGM 114 Hellfire missiles 640 001A French Army Tiger HAD attack helicopter armed with two AGM-114 Hellfire II air-to-ground missiles
The Government of France has requested a possible sale of 200 AGM-114K1A Hellfire Missiles; Hellfire Missile conversion kits; blast fragmentation sleeves and installation kits; containers; and transportation. The estimated cost of MDE is $25 million.

"France is a major political and economic power in Europe and a key democratic partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability around the world," said the DSCA.

The additional missiles will meet France's operational requirements for a precisionguided tactical missile for its Tigre Attack Helicopter. The purchase will directly support French forces actively engaged in operations in Mali and Northern Africa, providing them the capability to successfully engage targets with minimal collateral damage.

There is no principal contractor for this sale as the missiles are coming from U.S. Army stock.

The Hellfire II missile is fired by the Tiger HAD (Hélicoptère d'Appui Destruction, for "Support and Destruction Helicopter") version, which is essentially identical to the HAP version but better suited for operations in hot environments, with 14% more engine power available due to the upgraded Enhanced MTR390 engines and a better ballistic protection.



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