UK requests $400m sale of C-17 logistics services from US
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $400m sale of continued logistics support for C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to the UK.
Under the sale, the UK seeks to receive continued logistics support for eight C-17 aircraft, which provide a heavy airlift capability.
The Boeing-built C-17 is a four-engine, T-tailed military transport aircraft that can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world.
The logistic support services include contract labour for sustainment engineering, on-site COMSEC support, Quality Assurance, support equipment repair, supply chain management, spares replenishment, maintenance, back shop support, centralised maintenance support/associated services.
The UK has requested for upgrades such as fixed installation satellite antenna, Mode 5+ installation and sustainment, automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast out, communications modernisation (CNS / ATM) Phase II, replacement heads-up display and three special operations loading ramps.
The sale also covers additional spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation.
The procurement of defence articles and services will help maintain the operational readiness of the UK Royal Air Force (RAF).
The 99 Squadron operates C-17 from RAF Brize Norton and the aircraft is a declared part of the UK’s Joint Rapid Reaction Force.
The current contract supporting the UK's C-17 aircraft will expire in September this year.
Boeing Corporation of Chicago will serve as the prime contractor for the sale.
Image: A C-17 transport aircraft of 99 Squadron at RAF Brize Norton. Photo: courtesy of Sgt Jack Pritchard, DCC(RAF).