Australia seeks C-27J deal

Dec. 21, 2011 at 7:42 AM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Australia is seeking the purchase of C-27J aircraft and associated items from the United States.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation informed Congress the deal, worth an estimated $950 million, is for 10 of the medium-lift airlift aircraft.

The equipment would enhance Australia's "ability to meet current and future air mobility needs and humanitarian operations and disaster relief efforts," and the Australian military's interoperability with the U.S. military, DSC said.

The full package requested includes 10 C-27J aircraft; 23 AE2100D2 Rolls-Royce engines; 12 electronic warfare self-protection suites; 12 AAR-47A(V)2 missile warning systems; 12 ALE-47(V) threat adaptive countermeasures dispensing systems; 12 APR-39B(V)2 radar warning receivers; 13 AN/APN-241 radars; 44 AN/ARC-210 warrior very high frequency/ultra-high frequency communication Systems; 12 KY-100 Units; and 12 HF 9550 Radios.

Other items in the package include 12 APX-119 identification friend or foe (Mode 4) systems; 14 Blue Force Trackers; 12 portable flight mission planning systems; and support and test equipment.

Spares, repair parts, personnel training and training simulators are also part of the deal.

L3 Integrated Systems Group in Texas would b the prime contractor.

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