A Royal Air Force C17 Globemaster transport aircraft awaits its cargo at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. (Cpl Babbs Robinson/ / UK Ministry of Defence)
WASHINGTON — The US State Department has approved a $250 million C-17 Globemaster III sustainment deal with the UK, which would continue the Royal Air Force’s participation in the Boeing-run program.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), the arm of the Pentagon that oversees foreign military sales, notified Congress of the proposed contract on Thursday.
If awarded, the contract would include “contractor technical and logistics personnel services, support equipment, spare and repair parts, and other related elements of logistics support” for the RAF’s eight C-17s.
“The continuation of this program will ensure the UK can effectively maintain its current force projection capability that enhances interoperability with US forces,” a DSCA notice states. “The support will provide UK with rapid global strategic mobility to deploy to austere locations.”
The US government also signed off on $69 million support deal with Egypt.
The possible sale of “personnel support services” would support 140 US government and contractor representatives at nine locations, a DSCA notice states. Services include lodging, transportation, security and medical support.
“This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country that has been and continues to be an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” the DSCA notice states.
DynCorp would be the principal contractor if the deal is signed.■