The US State Department has approved the possible foreign military sale (FMS) of C-17 Globemaster III sustainment package to the UK.

The $250m sale enables the UK Royal Air Force to continue participation in the US Air Force / Boeing Globemaster III Sustainment Partnership.

The FMS covers support for the UK’s fleet of eight Boeing C-17A Globemaster III cargo aircraft. It also includes contractor technical and logistics personnel services, support equipment, spare and repair parts and other logistics.

Boeing is the prime contractor for the FMS programme.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which deals with foreign sales, has notified the Congress about the approval.

DSCA said: "The FMS programme is expected to ensure that the UK can effectively maintain its current force projection capability that enhances interoperability with US forces, while provide the country with rapid global strategic mobility to deploy to austere locations."

The military transport aircraft is designed to conduct rapid strategic airlift of troops and palleted cargo to main operating bases or forward operating bases.

"The FMS covers support for the UK’s fleet of eight Boeing C-17A Globemaster III cargo aircraft."

The airlifter can be configured to perform tactical airlifts, medical evacuation and airdrop missions, and deployed in support of humanitarian and disaster relief efforts.

Meanwhile, the State Department has also approved the FMS of personnel support services worth $69m to Egypt. DynCorps is the principal contractor.

The country has requested for lodging, transportation, security and medical support to 140 US Government and contractor representatives at nine locations.

"Egypt has requested that the US Air Force consolidate the relevant personnel support cases to maximise cost savings. This notification reports the cost for the past three years of this programme and the proposed one-year extension," DSCA added.

Image: A Royal Air Force C17A Globemaster III aircraft taking off from RAF Brize Norton, UK. Photo: courtesy of Paul Crouch.

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