Wednesday, 26 April 2017

The US State Department has approved a possible FMS to the Government of Canada for sustainment support for C-17 aircraft


C-17 support package for Canada approved by U.S. State Department

By Ryan Maass   |   April 21, 2017 at 8:44 AM

April 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department has approved the possible foreign military sale of C-17 Globemaster III sustainment to the government of Canada.

If approved by Congress, Canada will receive follow-on support for five C-17 aircraft, natively designated as CC177s. Tasks will include in-country field services, maintenance and technical support, spares and additional equipment.

According to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the program is expected to cost $195 million. The agency adds the proposed sale will advance U.S. foreign policy interests by strengthening military airlift capabilities for a close ally and NATO partner.

Boeing, the company that manufactures the C-17, has been selected as the primary contractor with additional support from Lockheed Martin.

The C-17 Globemaster III aircraft is a four-engine military transport plane used to carry troops and equipment. Additional users include Australia, India, Kuwait, Qatar, Britain and the United Arab Emirates.


Original post: upi.com


Government of Canada – Sustainment Support for C-17 Aircraft

Transmittal No: 
17-18

WASHINGTON, Apr. 20, 2017 - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Canada for sustainment support for C-17 aircraft. The estimated cost is $195 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on April 19, 2017.

The Government of Canada has requested a possible sale of follow-on support for five (5) CC177 aircraft (Canada’s designator for the C-17), including contractor logistics support (CLS) provided through the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP), in-country field services support, aircraft maintenance and technical support, support equipment, alternate mission equipment, software support, spares, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering and logistics support services, publications and technical documentation, and major modification and retrofit kits support. The total estimated program cost is $195 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by sustaining the military capabilities of Canada, a NATO ally that has been, and continues to be, an important force for ensuring political stability and economic progress in the world, including through its involvement in military, peacekeeping, and humanitarian operations. The sustainment of Canada’s C-17s will ensure the country’s continued capability to rapidly deploy its forces, as well as the continued interoperability between the U.S. and Canadian Air Forces’ C-17s.

The proposed sale of defense articles and services is required to maintain the operational readiness of the Royal Canadian Air Force C-17 aircraft. Canada’s current contract supporting its five (5) C-17s will expire on 20 September 2017. The Royal Canadian Air Force will have no difficulty absorbing this support.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

Sources of supply will award contracts when necessary to provide the defense articles ordered if items ordered are not available from U.S. stock or are considered lead-time away.

The prime contractor will involve the following contractors:

Boeing Company, Long Beach, California
Boeing Company Training Systems, St. Louis, Missouri
Lockheed Martin Corporation/MFC, Lexington, Kentucky

There are no known offsets. Any offset agreements will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and the contractor.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Canada. There is an on-going foreign military sales case providing C-17 sustainment services. There are currently 13 contractors from Boeing in-country providing contractor technical services support on a continuing basis.

There will be no adverse impact to U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

All questions regarding this proposed Foreign Military Sale should be directed to the State Department's Bureau of Political Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, pm-cpa@state.gov.

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Original post: dsca.mil


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