United States Department of State approved the sale of 4 AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and 2 Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade (MIDS-LVT BU2) and related equipment at an estimated cost of $350 million to France via the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) channel. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) submitted the necessary certificate notifying Congress of this sale.
The contract on the sale of 4 AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines and 2 Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) at an estimated cost of $350 million (estimated costs reported by DSCA indicate maximum, contract costs generally lower) includes:
- AE-2100D Turbo Prop engines (4)
- Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2) (2)
- AN/ARC-210 radios
- AN/ARC-164 radios
- L-3 CSW Multiband Receiver/Transmitters
- AN/ARN-153 Navigation Systems;
- AN/ARN-147 Receivers;
- AN/APN-241 Radar Receiver-Transmitter Processor;
- ARC-190 High-Frequency Receivers;
- AAR-60 Missile Launch Warning Systems;
- MTS-A Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system;
- AN/APX-119 Identification Friend or Foe Systems;
- Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS)
- Stockpile Reliability Testing (SRT) and Field Returns
- Repair and Return (R&R) of classified and unclassified PAC-3 missile items and Ground Support Equipment (GSE) component level parts,
Also included are the replenishment of classified and unclassified missile spares and GSE spares, as well as a seeker spares pool to improve the turnaround time of the repair and recertification efforts; air transportation services for missile processing; encryption devices; spare and repair parts; software delivery and support; publications and technical documentation; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.
After the request is approved, France will enter into an agreement with Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, General Electric Aviation System, Raytheon and ViaSat.
France is purchasing the equipment specified in the approval for use in the German-French joint C-130 transport aircraft fleet.