Norway seeks C-130Js

June 8, 2012 at 2:49 PM
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WASHINGTON, June 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency reports that Norway is seeking to buy two C-130J aircraft from the United States.

The deal, if approved by Congress, would be worth about $300 million.

"Norway intends to use these aircraft in support of NATO-International Security Assistance Force missions in Afghanistan," the agency aid in its notification to Congress. "Norway needs these aircraft to fulfill national and international airlift commitments and requirements and to increase its capability to provide intra-theater lift for its forces.

"These aircraft will also increase Norway's ability to assist in disaster relief, humanitarian missions and military deployments in the future."

Acquisition of the two C-130J-30 U.S. Air Force baseline aircraft would be part of a package deal. Included in the package are nine Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 engines; countermeasure systems, aircraft modifications, communication equipment and support, tools and test equipment.

The prime contractor would be Lockheed Martin-Aerospace in Marietta, Ga., the agency said.

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