Obama Proposes End of C-130 Sales Embargo

13 October 2010 (Last Updated October 13th, 2010 18:30)

US President Barack Obama has proposed that Congress lifts a 21-year arms embargo against selling C-130 cargo aircraft to China. The President has written a letter to the House and the Senate to lift the ban, emphasising it is in the national interest of the US. If the proposa

US President Barack Obama has proposed that Congress lifts a 21-year arms embargo against selling C-130 cargo aircraft to China.

The President has written a letter to the House and the Senate to lift the ban, emphasising it is in the national interest of the US.

If the proposal receives approval, the C-130 Hercules aircraft will become the first heavy military equipment that the US has exported to China since 1989.

In the mid-1980s, when China-US relations were good, the US sold the Chinese several S-70 helicopters, a model of the UH- 60 Blackhawk designed for civilian use.

The C-130 can take-off and land from unprepared runways, and is used for cargo and troop transport, medical evacuation, airborne assault, search and rescue, maritime patrol and aerial firefighting.