The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of sustainment support for Canada’s C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft.

The sale includes related equipment and is estimated to be worth $275m.

Under the deal, C-17 sustainment support will include aircraft hardware and software modification and support, software delivery and support, ground handling equipment, component, parts and accessories and GPS receivers.

Additionally, the sale package will cover alternative mission equipment, publications and technical documentation, contractor logistics support and Globemaster III Sustainment Program (G3) participation among others.

The sale is expected to aid US foreign policy and national security objectives by providing support to Canada, which is a Nato ally.

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress about the sale.

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In a statement, DSCA said: “The proposed sale will improve Canada’s capability to meet current and future threats by sustaining their strategic airlift capability, which allows Canada to maintain sovereignty and homeland defence, increase interoperability with the United States and other partners, and deter potential adversaries.

“Canada already operates the C-17 and will have no difficulty absorbing the additional sustainment or upgrades into its armed forces.”

The sale of the equipment is not expected to change the region’s basic military balance.

Boeing will be the principal contractor of the sale.

Canada announced the selection of the C-17 aircraft in July 2006 and signed a contract in February 2007.

The high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed military transport vehicle can carry up to 169,000lb (76,657kg) of payloads.

Last month, the US State Department approved a possible FMS of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) to the UAE.