The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a request from the Republic of Korea for a pair of helicopter fleet purchases through the foreign military sales (FMS) program. The South Korean government is seeking to purchase 36 Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbows (Block III) and 36 Bell AH-1Z Cobras. The estimated cost for the sales is $3.6 billion for the Apaches and $2.6 billion for the Cobras. Both transactions would include equipment, logistical supports, parts and training, with the Apache agreement providing 84 T-700-GE701D engines and the Cobra order including 84 T-700 GE 401C engines. The Apaches are intended for border security, counter-terrorism and counter-piracy missions; the Cobras would fly aerial escort, armed reconnaissance, close air support and forward air control missions, according to DSCA.
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