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The US State Department has approved a purchase by Netherlands of AGM-114R Hellfire missiles for their Apache helicopters. 

The estimated cost is $34 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification:

“The Government of the Netherlands has requested the possible sale of an additional seventy (70) AGM-114R Hellfire II missiles to a previously implemented case for Hellfire missiles.  The original FMS case, valued at $26.3M, included one hundred and eighty (180) AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles and twenty-four (24) M36E8 Captive Air Training Missiles (CATM) with various support elements. 

Therefore, this case is for a total of two hundred fifty (250) AGM-114R Hellfire II Missiles, twenty-four (24) M36E8 CATMs, to include Hellfire missile cutaway model, AGM-114R missile spare parts, a Launcher Test Station (LTS), LTS spares, two (2) maintenance support devices, integrated logistics support tools, M299 launcher software upgrade and testing, aircrew familiarization training, launcher test station training, unclassified publications, technical assistance, AN/AWM-101A software, CATM spare parts and related support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support.  

This proposed sale will enhance the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of the Netherlands which has been, and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.  It is vital to the U.S. national interests to assist the Netherlands to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability.”

The proposed sale will improve the Netherlands’ capability to meet current and future threats and will be employed on the Netherlands’ AH-64D Apache helicopters.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin.

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