WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTVA) - The Republic of Korea has picked a Mississippi facility to produce an upgrade to the radars in its KF-16 fighters.
The word came Wednesday from the office of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).
A news release says 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."
The radar upgrades will be manufactured at a Raytheon facility in Forest, Mississippi.