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$800 million sustainment deal for Iraq's fleet of C-130s

November 26, 2014 (by Asif Shamim) - The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq for C-130E/J sustainment and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $800million.

Iraqi Air Force C-130J YI-308 c/n 5721. [Lockheed Martin photo by John Rossino]

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 26th.

The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale for a five-year sustainment package for the C-130E/J fleet that includes operational, intermediate, and depot level maintenance, spare and repair parts, support equipment, repair and return, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The estimated cost is $800 million.

This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner. This proposed sale directly supports the Government of Iraq and serves the interests of the people of Iraq and the United States.

The proposed sale of a C-130E/J sustainment package would allow the Iraq Air Force (IAF) to continue operating its C-130E/J aircraft beyond 2015. The IAFs limited maintenance capability necessitates the need for continued contractor logistics support. The continued support will assist the IAF in continuing to use the aircraft to provide humanitarian relief operations in various locations.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Maryland. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.

Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Iraq.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.

Courtesy of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency

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Iraqi Air Force C-130E YI-301 (c/n 3802) takes off from Al Asad, Iraq on February 24, 2005. The U.S. gave Iraq three C-130s to help incorporate airlift capabilities into their air force. [USAF photo]

IqAF C-130J-30 #YI-309 from 23 sqn Lined up on Rwy 24 for take-off to Souda Bay as RCH 975 on May 3, 2013. [Photo by Trevor Mulkerrins]

Iraqi Air Force C-130E YI-301 (c/n 3802 ex-62-1839) soars the Iraqi skies on February 24, 2005 while its crew continues to hone their flying skills at Al Asad, Iraq. Iraq received three C-130s in January from the U.S. to incorporate airlift capabilities into their air force. [USAF photo]