WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sales of C-17 logistic support services and engine spares to the government of Qatar.
One foreign military sale request includes logistic support services for eight C-17 Globemaster aircraft in addition to sustainment engineering, on-site COMSEC support, equipment repair, and spares replenishment. If approved, the deal is estimated to cost $700 million.
In a separate order, Qatar requested four spare F117-PW-100 engines, Quick Engine Change Kits, Engine Transport Trailers, and Engine Platforms at an estimated cost of $81 million.
The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency says the proposed sales will aid Qatar’s ability to operate and maintain its C-17 fleet as well as advance U.S. foreign policy interests for a critical regional ally. The agency adds Qatar’s military will have no difficulty absorbing the new equipment.
Boeing is the only listed prime contractor for both proposed sales.
The Boeing-made C-17 Globemaster is a military transport aircraft with humanitarian applications. The plane is designed to move large payloads, and is used by over 90 countries around the world.