The U.S Defense Security Cooperation Agency recently informed Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Libya of 2 C-130J-30 aircraft and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $588 million.
Libya has requested a sale of 2 C-130J-30 aircraft, 10 Rolls Royce AE 2100D3 engines (8 installed and 2 spares), aircraft modifications, Government Furnished Equipment (including radios), support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $588 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of Libya. The Government of Libya uses airlift to maintain the connection between the central government and the country’s outlying areas.
This medium lift capability should assist with border security, the interdiction of known terrorist elements, and rapid reaction to internal security threats. In addition, Libya intends to utilize these aircraft in support of regional peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. Libya, which already operates a mix of legacy C-130s, will have little difficulty absorbing these aircraft, which include a three-year training and sustainment package.