The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) to Argentina of equipment, support and services in support of Argentina’s EDA purchase of four P-3C patrol aircraft.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on December 19.
The Government of Argentina has requested a possible sale of equipment, support and services in support of Argentina’s EDA (Excess Defense Articles) purchase of four P-3C aircraft, including four turboprop engines on each airframe and an additional four turboprop engines. The proposed sale will include communications equipment; radar equipment; Infrared /Electro-optic equipment; aircraft depot maintenance; depopulation and repopulation; supply support/spares and repair of repairables; support equipment; publications; training; aviation life support systems; aircraft transportation; logistical and other technical assistance, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The total estimated program cost is $78.032 million.
“This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a partner in South America”, sai a DSCA statement.
“Argentina’s existing P-3B patrol aircraft have reached the end of their operational service life. To maintain maritime security, Argentina acquired four EDA P-3C aircraft to replace its older aircraft. These EDA aircraft need this refurbishment and equipment to be fully operational. It is vital to the U.S. national interest to assist Argentina in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense maritime patrol aircraft capability. Argentina will have no difficulty absorbing these aircraft into its armed forces.”
The prime contractors will be Logistic Services International, Jacksonville, FL; Lockheed Martin Aircraft Center, Greenville, SC; Eagle Systems, Jacksonville, FL; and Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, IA.