US Approves $790m Aircraft Contract

By John Lee.

The US State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for AT-6C Texan II aircraft (similar to the Moroccan Air Force plane pictured) and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $790 million.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on May 13, 2014.

The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 24 AT-6C Texan II Aircraft, 2 spare PT-6A-68 Turboprop engines, 2 spare ALE-47 Counter-Measure Dispensing Systems and/or 2 spare AAR-47 Missile Launch Detection Systems, non-SAASM global positioning systems with CMA-4124, spare and repair parts, maintenance, support equipment, publications and technical documentation, tanker support, ferry services, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $790 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner. This proposed sale directly supports the Government of Iraq and serves the interests of the people of Iraq and the United States.

The proposed sale of these aircraft, equipment, and support will enhance the ability of the Iraqi forces to sustain themselves in their efforts to bring stability to Iraq and to prevent overflow of unrest into neighboring countries.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractors will be:

  • Beechcraft Defense Company, Wichita, Kansas
  • Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Training, Oswego, New York
  • CAE USA, Little Rock, Arkansas and Tampa, Florida
  • Pratt & Whitney Corporation, Quebec, Canada and Bridgeport, West Virginia
  • Martin Baker in Middlesex, United Kingdom
  • Hartzell Propeller, Piqua, Ohio
  • Canadian Marconi, Montreal, Canada
  • L-3COM Wescam, Burlington, Canada
  • L-3COM Systems West, Salt Lake City, Utah

There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

The proposed sale will involve multiple trips to Iraq involving many U.S. government and contractor representatives over a period of 15 years for program management, program and technical reviews, training, maintenance support, and site surveys.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

(Source: DSCA)

(Photo Credit: Ndunruh)

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