The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale estimated $342.6 million to Kuwait for continuation of C-17 Globemaster III logistics support services and equipment.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced the approved the deal on October 12, 2017. The foreign military sales are pending Congressional approval.
The prime contractor will be the Boeing Company, Chicago, IL
The Government of Kuwait has requested three years (with option for two additional years) of follow-on support of two C-17 aircraft, which includes participation in the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP), contract logistic support, Class I modifications and kits support, in-country contractor support, alternate mission equipment, major modification and retrofit, software support, aircraft maintenance and technical support, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, additional spare and repair parts, technical orders and publications, airworthiness certification support, engine spares, engine maintenance and logistics support, inspections support, on-site COMSEC support, Quality Assurance and other U.S. Government and contractor engineering, logistics, and program support, the press release states.
Required upgrades will include fixed installation satellite antenna, Mode 5, plus installation and sustainment, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out, and other related elements of logistics and program support.
“This proposed sale is required to maintain the operational readiness of the Kuwaiti Air Force C-17 aircraft. Kuwait’s current FMS contract supporting its C-17’s will expire in September of 2017,” the release adds.
Kuwait received two C-17 Globemaster III airlifter in February 2014. The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III military airlift aircraft is a high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed military transport vehicle capable of carrying payloads up to 169,000lb (76,657kg).