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Bangladesh seeks C-130 deal

May 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM
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WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- Bangladesh is asking for the refurbishment, overhaul and modification of four C-130E aircraft through the Foreign Military Sale program.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the contract sought by Bangladesh includes spare parts, equipment and training services and is worth about $180 million.

"The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by enabling the Bangladesh Air Force to use its C-130 fleet to respond more capably to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief needs in the region and support Bangladesh's significant contributions to United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, and support operations to counter violent extremist organizations," the agency said in its required notification to Congress.

Specific items requested by Bangladesh include: regeneration, overhaul, modifications, and logistics support of 4 Lockheed Martin C-130E United States Air Force baseline aircraft and 20 T56AA Rolls-Royce engines as grant Excess Defense Articles; transportation; aircraft ferry support; repair and return; spare and repair parts; support equipment; tools; and test equipment.

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