New C-130J and KC-130J for Luftwaffe

Total Six Aircraft for $1.4 Billion

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of State Department approval of a German request for new C-130J and KC-130J aircraft.

The German government has requested: three C-130J-30 and three KC-130J aircraft; 28 Rolls-Royce AE 2100D turboprop engines (24 installed and four spares); and eight Link-16 MIDS Terminals (including two spares).  Also included are eight AN/ALE 47 Electronic Countermeasure Dispensers; eight AN/AAR-47A(V)2 Missile Warning Systems; eight AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receivers; eight MX-20 Electro-Optical/Infrared Imaging Systems; AN/APX-114/119 IFF Mode 5; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); secure communications; precision navigation and cryptographic equipment; night vision devices; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; US government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and program support.  The total estimated value is $1.4 billion.

The Luftwaffe will use these aircraft to conduct airlift, air refueling and air drop missions as part of a French-German allied squadron based in Evreux, France. This common air transport squadron will have unrestricted exchange of aircraft, air crews, and maintainers, as well as technical and logistical support based on a common pool of spare parts and a common service support contract.  These exchanges would be carried out pursuant to separate authorisations from the United States.  The C-130Js will provide crucial air refueling capability to German and French fighter and light transport aircraft, as well as helicopters. Germany requests these capabilities to provide for the support of its deployed troops, regional security, and interoperability with France and the United States. 

Publish date

05/14/2018

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