The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of two potential foreign military sales (FMS) of F/A-18 Hornet aircraft follow-on support and associated equipment to Switzerland and Kuwait.
Under the first estimated $200m sale, Switzerland has requested a possible sale of follow-on support for F/A-18 Hornet upgrade programme, including participation in the aircraft's engine component improvement program (CIP), spare and repair parts, system integration and testing, flight testing, support and test equipment, transportation, personnel training and training equipment, in addition to other related elements of logistics support.
The second estimated $150m FMS involves the continuation of contractor engineering technical services, contractor maintenance services, hush house support services, and liaison office support for the Kuwait Air Force's F/A-18 C/D programme.
Specific services include supply of spare and repair parts, US Government and contractor technical support services and other related elements of logistics support, to help the Kuwait Air Force ensure the reliability and performance of its F/A-18 C/D fleet.
Expected to support the current Switzerland F/A-18 Hornet Upgrade 25 and future upgrade programmes, the defence articles and services will enable the national air force to extend the aircraft's useful life and enhance their survivability, and also keep pace with technology advances in sensors, weaponry and communications.
Both sales contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of Switzerland and Kuwait, which serve as an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe and in the Middle East.
The prime contractors for the first sale include Excelis, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Boeing, General Electric Aircraft Engines, General Dynamics Information Technology, Wyle Laboratories, MacKee and Zenetex.
Kay and Associates Incorporated, Boeing, Industrial Acoustics and General Electric will serve as prime contractors for the second FMS programme.
Image: A Swiss Air Force's F/A 18 Hornet during its flight. Photo: courtesy of Peter Gronemann.