Estimated Cost $400 Million
The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential FMS sale to the UK for sustainment of the Royal Air Force’s C-17 GLOBEMASTER III fleet in a deal with an estimated value of $400 million.
The RAF operates eight Boeing C-17s and has requested renewal of the current arrangement for support, which will expire in September. Specific requests include contract labour for sustainment engineering, on-site COMSEC support, quality assurance, support equipment repair, supply chain management, spares replenishment, maintenance, back shop support, centralised maintenance support/associated services, and additional spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation. Required upgrades will include fixed installation satellite antenna, Mode 5+ installation and sustainment, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out, Communications Modernisation (CNS/ATM) Phase II, Replacement Heads-Up Display and three special operations loading ramps.