Receive our newsletter – data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Market Data
June 13, 2013

Kuwait seeks F/A-18 C/D aircraft’s technical/logistics support from US

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) to Kuwait of technical and logistics support for the F/A-18 C/D Hornet strike fighter aircraft.

FA-18 aircraft

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) to Kuwait of technical and logistics support for the F/A-18 C/D Hornet strike fighter aircraft.

Under the estimated $200m FMS, Kuwait has requested continuation of logistics support, contractor maintenance, and technical services in support of the F/A-18 C/D aircraft, including avionics software upgrade and engine component improvement services.

The sale also seeks ground support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, and engineering change proposals, as well as other related elements of logistical support services.

Prime contractors for the FMS programme include General Dynamics (GD), Boeing and Wyle Laboratories.

Prime contractors for the FMS programme include General Dynamics (GD), Boeing and Wyle Laboratories.

The single and two-seat variants of F/A-18 Hornet, the F/A-18C and F/A-18D aircraft, feature upgraded radar and avionics, as well as the ability to carry new missiles such as the AIM-120 air-to-air missile (AMRAAM) and AGM-65 Maverick and AGM-84 Harpoon air-to-surface missiles.

Powered by two General Electric F404-GE-402 turbofan engines, F/A-18 Hornet is a multi-role aircraft designed for fighter escorts, suppression of enemy air defences, reconnaissance, forward air control, close air support, along with day and night strike missions.

Content from our partners
Bespoke harsh environment connector solutions set Omnetics apart from competitors
Growing opportunities for Unmanned Aerial Systems
Keeping the defence world connected with Smiths Interconnect

The aircraft is also capable of converting from air-to-air fighter missions to air-to-ground strike missions while on the same sortie.

Besides participating in military exercises with the air forces of other Gulf countries, Kuwait Air Force’s F/A-18 C/D Hornets were extensively used during Operation Southern Watch over Iraq in the 1990s.


Image: A Kuwaiti Air Force’s KF-18C Hornet aircraft parked on the flight line at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, US. Photo: Courtesy of PH2 Bruce R. Trombecky.

Defence Technology

Related Companies

NEWSLETTER Sign up Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. The top stories of the day delivered to you every weekday. A weekly roundup of the latest news and analysis, sent every Monday. The defence industry's most comprehensive news and information delivered every month.
I consent to GlobalData UK Limited collecting my details provided via this form in accordance with the Privacy Policy
SUBSCRIBED

THANK YOU