Saudi Arabia seeks C-130J-30, KC-130J aircraft
Saudi Arabia is seeking to buy C-130J-30 and KC-130J aircraft from the US government in a foreign military sale (FMS) at an estimated cost of $6.7 billion. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified US congress of the possible sale on 8 November, and has yet to be approved by the US government.
If it goes ahead the sale will include 20 C-130J-30 aircraft and 5 KC-130J aerial refuelling aircraft, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support. Saud Arabia has also requested 120 Rolls Royce AE2100D3 engines (100 installed and 20 spares), 25 Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems, support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, US government and contractor technical assistance, and other related logistics support.
The purchase will enable the Royal Saudi Air Force to sustain its aging fleet, which faces increasing obsolescence. The C-130J and KC-130J aircraft would provide a modern configuration, improve reliability and enhance the force’s heavy lift and military logistic capabilities.
The DSCA named Lockheed Martin, General Electric Aviation Systems and Rolls Royce as the prime contractors for the sale if it is approved.
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