George Guerra, VP of HALE (High Altitude Long Endurance) Strategic Systems for Northrop Grumman, said that South Korea had “lots of interest” in the Global Hawk since the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible sale on Dec. 21, 2012. The potential sale had an estimated value of $1.2 billion at the time, and called for the inclusion of the Raytheon Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite (EISS) on the Global Hawks, in addition to signals intelligence (SIGINT), imagery intelligence and an array of communications capabilities.
Northrop Grumman and the US Air Force have been working together to address South Korea’s pricing concerns, and the defense contractor has sent an offer to the South Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).
“We’re waiting to hear from them,” Guerra said, “and a letter of acceptance (LoA) is expected soon.”
The deal must also be approved by the South Korean Air Force. Guerra said he expects a finalized deal before the end of 2014.