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Lockheed Martin expects that the procurement of its S-3 Viking maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft by South Korea will pave the way for further sales of the type to at least three other operators, a company official told IHS Jane's on 30 March.
Speaking at the FIDAE Airshow in Santiago, Clay Fearnow, Lockheed Martin's director of maritime patrol programmes, said that the approval that is anticipated in the coming months of the sale to the Republic of Korea Navy (RoKN) could open the way for further sales to two other Asian nations (one of which he identified as the Socialist Republic of Vietnam), and one South American nation.
"We are talking to three other countries [besides South Korea] with regard to the S-3. If the South Korean programme is approved, then we expect the aircraft to really take off," Fearnow said, adding that interested nations are waiting on the South Korean deal to be finalised before committing.