The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of C-130J-30 and KC-130J aircraft to Germany.

With an estimated cost of $1.40bn, the proposed sale has been requested by the Government of Germany with an aim to improve the airlift, air refuelling and airdrop capabilities of the German Air Force.

The missions will be carried out as part of a French-German allied squadron based in Evreux, France.

Under the possible deal, Germany has requested the procurement of three C-130J-30 military transport jet, each installed with four Rolls Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines, and three KC-130J multi-role tanker aircraft with four Rolls Royce AE-2100D turboprop engines installed.

The probable FMS will also cover the sale of four Rolls Royce AE 2100D turboprop engines to be delivered as spares, eight Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems (MIDS) Terminals, eight AN/ALE 47 Electronic Countermeasure Dispensers, eight AN/AAR-47A(V)2 Missile Warning Systems, eight AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receivers, and eight MX-20 Electro-Optical / Infrared Imaging Systems.

“The new capabilities will help enhance interoperability among the airforces of Germany, France, and the US.”

Approved by the US State Department, the possible sale will include the delivery of an AN/APX-114/119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mode 5, a Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS), secure communications, precision navigation and cryptographic equipment, as well as night vision devices.

The probable deal also includes engineering, technical and logistics support services for the US Government and contractor, in addition to other related elements of logistical and programme support.

Once delivered, the C-130J aircraft will help provide crucial air refuelling capability to the German and French fighter and light transport aircraft, as well as helicopters.

The new capabilities will help enhance interoperability among the airforces of Germany, France, and the US.

Lockheed Martin, based in Fort Worth, Texas, will serve as the potential principal contractor for the proposed deal.