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SNC Scorpion aircraft

State Dept Clears $128M ISR Aircraft Sale to Kazakhstan

The State Department has cleared Kazakhstan's request to buy King Air B300ER Scorpion multimission aircraft along with related intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment from the U.S. government through a potential $128.1M foreign military sales transaction.

The proposed deal covers the procurement of two Scorpion planes, three Raytheon Technologies-built (NYSE: RTX) sensor suites and three Leonardo-made Osprey 30 active electronically scanned array radars, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said Wednesday.

Specifically, the sale will include Raytheon’s Applied Signal Technology TITAN Communications Intelligence sensors, electro-optical infrared sensors from L3Harris Technologies’ (NYSE: LHX) Wescam business, auto-electronic intelligence systems from Sierra Nevada Corp., spare parts, logistics services and training support.

SNC will serve as the principal contractor under the FMS agreement.

According to DSCA, the potential sale is meant to address U.S. foreign policy objectives while helping the Central Asian ally improve its capacity to address current and future threats to regional and border security operations.

DSCA notified Congress of the proposed FMS agreement Tuesday.

The Scorpion aircraft features an interchangeable configuration and modular framework designed to support ISR, maritime, border security and law enforcement missions. The vehicle also includes elements such as full-motion video transmission, EO/IR sensors and a beyond-line-of-sight communications network.

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