Netherlands to acquire Hellfire missiles for Apaches and Reapers

By Defence Industry Europe

The U.S. Department of State has approved a potential sale of Lockheed Martin AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles to the Netherlands, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on February 2.


According to the DSCA, the approval covers a possible sale of a total of 386 AGM-114R2 Hellfire missiles, along with related equipment and support services. The value of the future contract is estimated at USD 150 million.

“The proposed sale will improve the Netherlands’ capability to strengthen its homeland defense and deter regional threats,” DSCA said in statement.



The Dutch Armed Forces intend to acquire a new batch of Hellfire missiles for their Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and General Atomics Aeronautical System MQ-9A Reaper drones.

As Defence Industry Europe reported, the Dutch Ministry of Defence announced a plan to equip Reapers with Hellfire missiles in May last year.

The Netherlands has been a user of Hellfire missiles for more than 20 years. The first batch of 600 missiles was acquired in 1995, along with AH-64D helicopters. Later, the country signed two new contracts for Hellfires, totaling 350 missiles.



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