WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — DSCA explained the proposed sale of the Aegis missile systems will enhance the US foreign policy and national security. Moreover, it will enhance the capabilities of South Korea’s naval ships to defend against possible aggression and protect communication lines, it said.
“The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for Aegis Combat Systems and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $1.91 billion,” the press release said.
In March 2015, US defense contractors and South Korea signed two major deals for Stinger missiles and air-to-air launchers for Apache helicopters. US defense contractors also signed a $769 million contract to upgrade the South Korea’s Patriot advanced missile defense system.
China and Russia have expressed concerns that deploying US missile defense systems in the Pacific threatens their security. China specifically objected, saying the Aegis ballistic missile defense systems could jeopardize its strategic deterrent.