The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) under the U.S. State Department announced on July 30 (local time) that the department has approved a possible sale of logistics support services for South Korea’s RQ-4 Block 30 Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) for US$950 million (1.13 trillion won).
In a statement, DSCA said, “The Republic of Korea had requested to purchase Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services, including program management, training for pilots maintenance, spares and repair parts, operational flight support and program analysis.”
It added, “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the U.S. by meeting the legitimate security and defense needs of one of the closest allies in the INDOPACOM Theater. The Republic of Korea is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the Western Pacific and a key partner of the U.S. in ensuring peace and stability in that region.”
It also said, “It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist the Republic of Korea in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.”