Pakistan seeks C-130 fleet upgrade

March 12, 2014 at 10:54 AM
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WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Pakistan has asked the United States for an upgrade of its C-130 aircraft fleet through the Foreign Military Sales program.

The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency said the deal, worth an estimated $100 million, would cover C-130B/E avionics upgrades, engine management and mechanical upgrades, cargo delivery system installation, and replacement of outer wing sets on six aircraft.

Also included would be spare and repair parts, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, logistics support services and other related elements of logistics support.

"The proposed sale will facilitate the continued operation of the Pakistan's Air Force C-130 fleet for counter-insurgency/counter-terrorism flights; regional humanitarian operations; troop transport; and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance missions within Pakistan and in the region," the agency said in its required notification to Congress.

"The fleet is facing airworthiness and obsolescence issues, and will require upgrades and repairs for continued operation and effectiveness. The proposed modernization of the C-130 fleet should ensure continued viability for an additional 10-15 years."

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