The US State Department has approved an estimated $259m potential foreign military sale of King Air 350ER intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Kuwait.
Notified by the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the possible sale requires approval from Congress.
Under the proposed deal, the Government of Kuwait has requested the sale of four King Air 350ER ISR aircraft equipped with upgraded PT6A-67A engines and one engine spare, four AN / AAQ-35 WESCAM MX-15HDi electro-optical and infrared imaging sensor turret, and four Selex Seaspray 7500E active electronically scanned array radars (AESA).
Other items intended to be purchased under the FMS include AN / AAR-47 missile warning systems (MWS), AN / ALE-47 countermeasure dispenser systems, secure communications, cryptographic and precision navigation equipment, as well as identification friend or foe (IFF) systems.
The scope of the deal also involves upgrade and modification of the 350ER aircraft to conduct ISR mission systems.
This will enable the country to collect its own airborne ISR data and establish its first dedicated airborne ISR fleet.
The possible sale will also cover the US Government and contractor engineering, training, technical, and logistical support services, as well as other associated logistical and programme support.
With the purchase of the King Air 350ER ISR aircraft, Kuwait will be able to enhance its situational awareness, armed forces posture, and armed forces capability to respond to threats, in addition to improving the country’s command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) capability.
Sierra Nevada Corporation located in Hagerstown, Maryland, US, will serve as the principal contractor.