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Dubai Air Show 2017: Kuwait requests C-17 support

Kuwait Air Force [Fleet Info] Boeing C-17A Globemaster III [Production List] KAF 342 (cn F-264) [Airframe Info] Paris Le Bourget (LBG / LFPB), France 18 April, 2015 Photographer Yan David [Personal Gallery] Source:

6th November 2017 - 12:11 GMT | by Uldduz Larki in London

The US’s proposed sale to Kuwait for continuation of C-17 Globemaster III logistics support services and equipment will be playing a much wider role in the country’s efforts to advance stability in the Middle Eastern region.

As announced by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) on 12 October, Kuwait has been approved by the US government for a FMS at an estimated cost of $342.6 million.

Kuwait has requested three years of follow up support for two C-17 aircraft, with a possibility of two optional years.

The potential sale will include participation in the Globemaster III integrated sustainment programme, which began in 2011 with the USAF’s Air Logistics Center.

It will also include a contract of logistic support, Class I modifications and kits support, in-country contractor support, alternate mission equipment, major modification and retrofit, software support, aircraft maintenance and technical support.

The DSCA said that the proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to improve the security of ‘a friendly country’.

Kuwait plays a big role in providing the US with basing, access, as well as transit for the US forces in the region.

‘This proposed sale is required to maintain the operational readiness of the Kuwaiti Air Force's C-17 aircraft.  Kuwait’s current FMS contract supporting its C-17s [which expired in September 2017].  Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this support,’ the DSCA said in a press release.

The C-17 Globemaster III was designed to meet the USAF’s military and humanitarian airlift needs into the 21st century.

The C-17 is a high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed aircraft with a rear loading ramp, which can carry large combat equipment and troops or humanitarian aid across intercontinental distances directly to small austere airfields.

On 12 September 2013, Boeing formally delivered the last of 223 aircraft ordered for the USAF, and since then Kuwait has purchased two. Boeing delivered Kuwait’s first C-17 in 2014.

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C-17 Globemaster III: Details

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