U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced that the Republic of Korea has chosen a combat radar produced in Mississippi to upgrade its fighter aircraft.
On Wednesday, the Republic of Korea Air Force selected the Active Electronic Scanned Array (AESA) radars produced at a Raytheon facility in Forest, Miss., to upgrade the radar capabilities of 134 of its KF-16 fighters. The potential sale, which has to go through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales process, is estimated to be worth $550 million.
"This decision comes at a critical time as our allies on the Korean peninsula face an imminent threat from the North Koreans," Cochran said. "Versions of this radar built in Mississippi have also been helping the U.S. Navy and Air Force defend us against airborne threats to our security for some time."
Cochran helped facilitate an October 2011 visit by the Republic of Korea Ambassador to the United States to the production facility in Forest in an effort to highlight Mississippians' success and capabilities in manufacturing complex military electronics.
Cochran has consistently worked to ensure that the Air National Guard F-15s are equipped with enhanced radar to ensure U.S. air superiority during any possible attack on North America, as required by the Air Force.