The French Government has seen its request to purchase military transport aircraft from U.S. aerospace firm Lockheed Martin approved by the U.S. State Department.
Determination was made approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to France of C-130J Super Hercules military aircraft and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of USD650 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying the U.S. Congress of this possible sale on November 11.
The possible sale includes two C-130J Super Hercules and two KC-130J Super Hercules aircraft. They were requested to be equipped with Rolls Royce AE-2100D engines, AN/ALE 47 electronic countermeasure dispensers, AN/AAR-47A(V)2 missile warning systems, AN/ALR-56M radar warning receivers, embedded global positioning/inertial navigation system, AN/ARC-210 radios, AN/ARC-164 UHF/VF radios, HF voice radios, KY-100 secure voice terminals and KYV-5 secure voice equipment units.
The French Air Force currently field 14 C-130H/-30 Hercules military airlifters.