The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of C-130J Super Hercules aircraft and associated equipment to Brunei.
Under the estimated $343m sale, Brunei has requested for the supply of one C-130J aircraft, along with six AE2100D3 turboprop engines, including four installed and two spares, government furnished equipment, and communication equipment.
Approved by the US State Department, the package also covers spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and programme support.
The proposed C-130J sale is expected to provide Brunei with a critical capability to assist in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions.
In particular, the aircraft would enable the country to provide aid and assistance in greater capacities to regional allies and partners in need, while providing the ability to execute maritime patrol missions and contribute to search-and-rescue missions in the region.
The sale also contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by helping to strengthen the US-Brunei relationship, which has been a force for regional stability and economic progress in South-East Asia.
Lockheed Martin-Aerospace would serve as prime contractor for the FMS programme.
Powered by four Allison AE2100D3 turboprop engines, the C-130J Super Hercules is designed to conduct airborne assault, search-and-rescue scientific research support, weather reconnaissance and aerial refuelling, and maritime patrol and aerial firefighting missions.
Fitted with a glass cockpit, digital avionics and a new propulsion system with a six-bladed propeller, the aircraft can accommodate a payload of up to 20t and more than 90 passengers.
The aircraft is currently operated by the air forces of Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Norway, Oman, Qatar, the UK and the US.
Image: A USAF C-130J Hercules aircraft in flight during a training exercise. Photo: courtesy of USAF.