US approves $141m sale of LAIRCM system for South Korea’s A-330 MRTT


The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $141m foreign military sale (FMS) of a large aircraft infrared countermeasures (LAIRCM) system for A-330 multi-role tanker and transport (MRTT) aircraft to the Republic of Korea (ROK).

Under the sale, the ROK Government has requested AN/AAQ- 24(V) LAIRCM systems for up to four A-330 MRTT aircraft.

Each LAIRCM system will include major defence equipment (MDE) such as three guardian laser terminal assemblies (GLTA), six ultra-violet missile warning system (UVMWS) sensors AN/AAR-54, one LAIRCM system processor replacement (LSPR), one control indicator unit replacement (CIUR), one smart card assembly (SCA), one high capacity card (HCC), and user data memory (UDM) card.

The sale will also cover spares bringing the MDE total to 26 GLTAs, 12 LSPRs, and 54 UVMWS Sensors AN/AAR-54.

The ROK government has also requested for non-MDE items such as CIURs, SCAs, HHCs, UDM Cards, initial spares and repair parts, consumables, support equipment, technical data, engineering change proposals, minor modifications, publications, field service representatives' (FSRs), repair and return, depot maintenance, as well as training and training equipment.

"The procurement will allow ROK to defend and protect its future aerial refuelling and troop transport capabilities."

Additionally, the sale includes contractor technical and logistics personnel services, US Government and contractor representative support, Group A and B installation support, flight test and certification, selective availability anti-spoofing module (SAASM) Global Positioning System, and other related elements of logistics support.

The procurement will allow ROK to defend and protect its future aerial refuelling and troop transport capabilities.

With this sale, the ROK Air Force will be able to better sustain and project air power across large distances and transport its forces and fighter aircraft for both operational and training missions with less reliance on foreign partners, such as the US.


Image: Airbus A-330-200 MRTT taking off. Photo: courtesy of Outisnn.