Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kuwait Looking to Add Second C-17 Globemaster III Transport Aircraft

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified the United States congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of a single Boeing C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. The value of the contract is estimated at $371 million.

The C-17 is a heavy transport aircraft with a maximum payload of 77000 kg. Besides Short Take-Off and Landing capability, the C-17 can also operate from unpaved runways.

If the deal is concluded, the contract provides Kuwait with:
  • 1 Boeing C-17 transport aircraft
  • 4 F117-PW-100 turbofan engines
  • 1 AN/AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System
  • 1 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Set (CMDS)
  • secure radios
  • precision navigation equipment
  • spare and repair parts
  • support and test equipment
  • publications and technical documentation
  • tactics manuals
  • personnel training and training equipment
  • US Government and contractor engineering
  • aircraft ferry support
  • aircraft fuel
  • technical and logistics support services
  • logistical and program support
The Kuwaiti Air Force had reportedly already ordered one C-17.

Besides Kuwait, the C-17 is already in service with 6 countries. They are Australia, Canada, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The C-17 is also in service with NATO. India has ordered 10 C-17 aircraft in 2011. The first aircraft is currently conducting flight tests and is scheduled to be delivered sometime in 2013.

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