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US approves a $10 bn FMS from Kuwait for 32 F/A-18E/F fighter jets

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World Aviation Defense & Security News - Kuwait
 
 
US approves a $10 bn FMS from Kuwait for 32 F/A-18E/F fighter jets
 
The United States State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for 32 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft with support, equipment, and training, for an estimated cost of $10.1 billion, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced on November 17, 2016.
     
US approves a 10 bn FMS from Kuwait for 32 F A 18E F fighter jets 640 001An US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter jet
(Credit: US Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class James R. Evans)
     
The Government of Kuwait has requested to purchase 32 F/A-18E aircraft, with F414-GE-400 engines; eight F/A-18F aircraft, with F414-GE-400 engines; eight spare F414-GE-400 engines and twenty-four engine modules; forty-one AN/APG-79 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radars; forty-four M61A2 20mm Gun Systems; forty-five AN/ALR-67(V)3 Radar Warning Receivers; 240 LAU-127E/A Guided Missile Launchers; forty-five AN/ALE-47 Airborne Countermeasures Dispenser Systems; twelve AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Advanced Targeting Pods; 48 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS); 45 AN/ALQ-214 Radio Frequency Counter-Measures Systems; 45 AN/ALE-55 Towed Decoys; 48 Link-16 Systems; eight Conformal Fuel Tanks; and fourteen AN/ASQ-228 ATFLIR Systems. Also included in the sale are ARC-210 radio (aircraft); Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems; AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles (NVG); Launchers (LAU- 115D/A, LAU-116B/A, LAU-l 18A); Command Launch Computer (CLC) for Air to Ground Missile 88 (AGM-88); ANAV/MAGR GPS Navigation; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); aircraft spares; Aircraft Armament Equipment (AAE); support equipment; aircrew/maintenance training; contractor engineering technical service; logistics technical services; engineering technical services; other technical assistance; contractor logistics support; flight test services; storage and preservation; aircraft ferry; Repair of Repairable (RoR); support systems and associated logistics; training aides and devices; spares; technical data Engineering Change Proposals; avionics software support; software; technical publications; engineering and program support; U.S. Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistic support services. The estimated total program cost is $10.1 billion.

"The proposed sale of the F/A- l8E/F Super Hornet aircraft will improve Kuwait's capability to meet current and future warfare threats. Kuwait will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defense. The F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft will supplement and eventually replace the Kuwait Air Force's aging fighter aircraft," the DSCA stated on its website.