The Pentagon notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale of a second C-17 transport to Kuwait. The deal, announced to Congress on April 16, is worth an estimated $371 million, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency’s release on the following day. “The provision of a second C-17 provides [the Kuwait air force] a more robust regional airlift and long-range strategic airlift capability,” states the release. “The additional C-17 aircraft will allow the KAF to better participate in humanitarian support operations.” Along with the Boeing-built airlifter, the proposed transaction would include associated equipment, parts, training, and logistical support, according to the release. Back in September 2010, DSCA told Congress of the possible sale of the first C-17 to Kuwait. The first Kuwaiti C-17 is scheduled for assembly this year, reported FlightGlobal.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.