The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential $195m foreign military sale of sustainment support for the C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft to Canada.
The airlift is a high-wing, four-engine, T-tailed military transport vehicle with a fully integrated electronic cockpit and advanced cargo system.
Canada seeks to receive follow-on support for five CC177 aircraft, which is Canada’s designator for the C-17.
The proposed sale covers contractor logistics support (CLS) provided through the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP).
The Canadian Government has also requested in-country field services support, aircraft maintenance, and technical support. It has also applied for support equipment, alternate mission equipment, software support, spares, personnel training and training equipment.
The sale will also include US Government, contractor engineering and logistics support services, publications and technical documentation, as well as major modification and retrofit kits support.
Procurement of defence articles and services is required to maintain the operational readiness of the Royal Canadian Air Force C-17 aircraft.
The current contract supporting Canada’s five C-17s will expire in September.
Sustainment of Canada’s C-17s will ensure the country’s continued capability to rapidly deploy its forces and the continued interoperability between the US and Canadian Air Forces’ C-17s.
Canada is a key Nato ally that continues to be an important force in ensuring political stability and economic progress in the world, including through its involvement in military, peacekeeping, and humanitarian operations.
Boeing Company and its training systems division, as well as Lockheed Martin Corporation/MFC will serve as the prime contractors.