30 July 2015, 11:41 GMT
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Department of State has given the go-ahead for the sale of 19 Harpoon anti-ship missiles and maintenance kits to South Korea worth $110 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced in a statement.
“The acquisition of the Harpoon Block II missiles and support will… bring the [South Korean] Navy's Anti-Surface Warfare performance up to existing regional baselines.”
South Korea intends to use the missiles to supplement its existing Harpoon missile capability, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.
The submarine-launched Harpoon missiles have been used by South Korea since the 1990s, the statement noted.
The Harpoon is an all-weather anti-ship missile system manufactured by Boeing Defense, Space and Security that was first introduced in 1977.