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Pentagon Announces Possible $6.7 Billion Saudi Aircraft Deal

Nov. 9, 2012 - 06:58PM   |  
By CHRISTOPHER P. CAVAS   |   Comments
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Saudi Arabia could buy 25 Lockheed Martin C-130J aircraft from the U.S. in a deal worth an estimated $6.7 billion, the Pentagon announced Nov. 9.

As required by U.S. law, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress Nov. 8 of a possible foreign military sale to Saudi Arabia for 20 C-130J-30 aircraft and five KC-130J air refueling aircraft, as well as associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support.

The deal would include 120 Rolls Royce AE2100D3 engines — 100 installed and 20 spares — 25 Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution Systems, support equipment, spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, publications and technical data, U.S. government and contractor technical assistance, and other related logistics support, the Pentagon said.

The proposed sale of the aircraft will not alter the basic military balance in the Middle East, DSCA added in its announcement.

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