The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale of services and spares, worth an estimated $350 million, in support of French C-130J fleet.
The sale is being conducted through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees FMS sales, delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale Sept. 2.
The Government of France has requested to buy four AE-2100D turboprop engines and two Multifunctional, Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminal Block Upgrade Two (MIDS-LVT BU2). Also included are 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); 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.
The DSCA said in a statement that “this proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve security of a NATO ally which is an important force for political stability and economic progress in Europe”.
“The proposed sale will improve France’s capability to meet current and future threats by providing the necessary sustainment, services, and spare parts to support the co-managed fleet of French and German C-130 aircraft,” the statement added.
The principal contractor of the sale will be Lockheed Martin Corporation, Marietta, GA; Rolls Royce Cooperation, Indianapolis, IN; General Electric (GE) Aviation, LTD/Dowty, Sterling, VA; Raytheon, Cedar Rapids, IA; and ViaSat, Carlsbad, CA.
French Air Force operates 14 C-130H Hercules models (7 C-130Hs and 7 stretched C-130H-30s) and four newer C-130J Super Hercules models (2 KC-130J tankers and 2 C-130J-30s).
The C-130Js are powered by Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 turboprop engines generating 4,637 shp (3,458 kW) each while the C-130Hs are powered by four Allison T56-A-15 turboprops generating 4,590 shp (3,420 kW) each.