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US approves a $781 mn order from Qatar for C-17 airlifters spare parts and support.

| 2016
World Aviation Defense & Security News - Qatar
US approves a $781 mn order from Qatar for C-17 airlifters spare parts and support
The US State Department has made a determination approving two Foreign Military Sales to Qatar for continuation of logistics support services, equipment, engines and spare parts for its fleet of C-17 Globemaster III airlifters for an estimated cost of $781 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said on December 7, 2016.
US approves 781 mn orders from Qatar for C 17 airlifters spare parts and support 640 001A QEAF C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft
The Government of Qatar has requested a possible sale of continued logistics support for eight C-17 Globemaster III aircraft which will include contract labor for sustainment engineering, on-site COMSEC support, Quality Assurance, support equipment repair, supply chain management, spares replenishment, maintenance, back shop support, and centralized maintenance support/associated services. Required upgrades will include fixed installation satellite antenna, Mode 5+ installation and sustainment, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out, and two special operations loading ramps. The estimated total cost is $700 million.

Qatar also requested a possible sale of the following in support of its C-17 Globemaster III aircraft procured under a Direct Commercial Sale (DCS): four spare F117-PW-100 engines, Quick Engine Change (QEC) Kits, Engine Transport Trailers, Engine Platforms, Engine Trailers, and other various support. The estimated total program cost is $81 million.

"The proposed sale contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the U.S. by helping to improve the security of an important regional ally. Qatar is a vital partner for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East. The C-17 provides a heavy airlift capability and complements the normal, day-to-day operations of the Government of Qatar’s C-130J fleet," the DSCA stated on its website.

"The proposed sale will enhance Qatar’s ability to operate and maintain its C-17s, supporting its capability to provide humanitarian aid in the Middle East and Africa region and support its troops in coalition operations. Qatar's current contract supporting its C-17 fleet will expire in September of 2017," the Agency added.



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