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State Dept Clears Potential $259M King Air 350ER Aircraft Sale to Kuwait

The State Department has approved a potential $259 million foreign military sales transaction for Kuwait to procure four King Air 350ER aircraft and related equipment from the U.S. government.

Sierra Nevada will serve as principal contractor in the proposed deal that also covers PT6A-67A engines, AN/AAQ-35 Wescam MX-15HDi electro-optical/infrared imaging sensor turret, AN/AAR-47 missile warning systems, Selex Seaspray 7500E active electronically scanned array radars and AN/ALE-47 countermeasure dispenser systems, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday.

Kuwait also requested identification friend or foe systems, precision navigation equipment, ground data processing platforms, test equipment, repair parts, facility design and construction, simulators, training tools, logistics, technical and engineering support services.

The Middle Eastern country will use the aircraft to collect aerial intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data as well as build up its military posture and situational awareness capability.

The proposed deal also includes modification of one of the four planes to support medical evacuations, command-and-control missions, transportation of leadership personnel and other logistics operations.

DSCA notified Congress of the potential FMS deal Wednesday.



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