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State Dept OKs Potential $350M Airlifter Equipment Sale to France

The State Department has cleared France's request to procure four AE-2100D turboprop engines, two updated Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals and other transport aircraft support equipment from the U.S. government through a potential $350M foreign military sales agreement.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX), Rolls-Royce, ViaSat and GE Aviation's  Dowty business will be the prime contractors for the FMS proposal aimed at sustaining the joint French and German C-130 fleet, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday.

The proposed deal also includes the procurement of L-3 CSW multiband receiver and transmitters, AN/ARN-153 navigation systems, AN/ARN-147 receivers, AN/APN-241 radar receiver transmitter processor, ARC-190 high-frequency receivers, AAR-60 missile launch warning systems, MTS-A forward-looking infrared system, AN/APX-119 identification friend-or-foe systems, Joint Mission Planning System, AN/ARC-210 and AN/ARC-164 radios.

France also asked to buy encryption devices, spare components, technical documentation, software delivery, engineering as well as technical, logistics and program support services.

The agreement would require overseas deployment of one U.S. contractor representative to provide technical assistance over a three-year period.

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