The US State Department has notified Congress of a possible sale of 76 Raytheon AIM-9X-2 Sidewinder Block II infrared-guided missiles.

Worth $98 million, the proposed Foreign Military Sales deal also includes captive air training missiles, other equipment and training associated with the weapons, says the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).

“The ROK [Republic of Korea] intends to use these AIM-9X missiles to supplement its existing missile capability and current weapon inventory,” says the DSCA. “This sale will contribute to the Republic of Korea’s force modernisation goals and enhance interoperability with US forces. The ROK will use this enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defence and deter regional threats.”