As Gabriele says an FMS is in may ways like a call-off purchase order. You can use it or not, you can request the items on it up to their maximum value subject to contracts. It will be interesting to see how many, if any, we call off. We were at one point borrowing P variant Hellfire from the US stockpile then replenishing it via FMS orders. Perhaps this FMS is to actually build a stock of our ownArmChairCivvy wrote:According to the US Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which announced the State Department approval for the sale on 16 March, the UK has requested 1,000 AGM-114R1/R2 Hellfire II semi-active laser (SAL) missiles "
it's worth noting that the R variant replaces all previous SAL variants in production, including the P variant for UCAV's (Reaper). There are still thousands of L variants in stock, purely for use with Longbow Apache on anti armour missions. Hopefully, we'll use the previously purchased SAL variants for training and save these R's (if we buy any) for best. It will be interesting as well to see how many of these we buy, and if we re-life the 'L's' we already have as that should give an indication of how soon the RAF and the Army believe that Brimstone 2 will take over as the main missile on Protector and Apache. It would make sense to re-life the L's, buy a small amount of R's to use with Reaper and replenish any borrowed from the US and use the remaining K's for training...or whomever her Maj gets upset with. This is likely to be the last Hellfire order though as the US isn't ordering them past FY 19 and 20. It's JAGM all the way from there.