The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified congress of the potential foreign military sale of F/A-18 C/D services and support to Kuwait.
Under the estimated $420m sale, Kuwait seeks to procure non-major defence equipment which encompasses services such as the continuation of contractor engineering technical services, contractor maintenance services, Hush House (an enclosed, noise-suppressed aircraft jet engine testing facility) support services, and liaison office support for the Government of Kuwait F/A-18 C/D programme.
The potential sale of services will include F/A-18 avionics software upgrades, engine component improvements, ground support equipment, engine and aircraft spares and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, engineering change proposals (ECP), US Government and contractor programmatic, financial, and logistics support.
Additionally, the sale will cover maintenance and engineering support, F404 engine and engine test cell support, and Liaison Office support for five Kuwait Liaison Offices.
The proposed sale of support services, which can be easily integrated into Kuwait's fleet, will enhance the reliability and performance of the Kuwait Air Force's F/A-18 C/D aircraft.
Kay and Associates Incorporated, Boeing, Industrial Acoustics, General Electric and Sigmatech will serve as the principal contractors for the sale.
Developed by Boeing, the F/A-18 C/D aircraft are the two variants of the F/A-18 Super Hornet, which is a twin-engine, supersonic, all weather multirole fighter jet.
It has been designed for fighter escorts, suppression of enemy air defences, reconnaissance, forward air control, close air support, along with day and night strike missions.
Image: The F/A-18E Super Hornets during a combat patrol. Photo: courtesy of Staff Sgt. Aaron Allmon, US Air Force.