September 13, 2018 / 6:26 PM / 11 days ago

U.S. approves possible military sales worth $2.6 billion to South Korea -Pentagon

WASHINGTON, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department has approved possible military sales worth $2.6 billion to South Korea, including six P-8A Poseidon maritime reconnaissance aircraft and 64 Patriot anti-ballistic missile weapons, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The Boeing-made Poseidon aircraft, which are used for hunting submarines and conducting maritime reconnaissance, are worth up to $2.10 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said. The Patriot anti-missile systems are to defend against ballistic missiles and will cost $501 million, it said.

DSCA said the proposed sales, which were notified to Congress on Thursday, will help South Korea improve its missile defense capability and support U.S. national security objectives by enhancing Seoul’s naval capabilities. (Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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