Kuwait eyes second Boeing C-17

April 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of the proposed purchase by Kuwait of C-17 Globemaster III.

The Foreign Military Sales deal, worth an estimated $371 million, would be for one aircraft plus equipment, parts and logistical support.

Items covered under the sale, if approved by Congress, include four F117-PW-100 Engines, one AN/AAR-47 missile approach warning system, an AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispenser set, secure radios, precision navigation equipment, spare parts and support and test equipment.

"Kuwait continues to be a key ally and strong supporter of U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in the Persian Gulf region," the agency said. "The proposed sale will enhance the United States foreign policy and national security objectives by increasing interoperability among the Kuwait Air Force, the United States Air Force, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and other coalition forces.

"The relationships built upon current flying operations will enhance the U.S. Air Force's influence and access in Kuwait."

The Kuwaiti air force currently operates one C-17, which is made by Boeing.

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