The U.S. State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait to buy continuation of contractor engineering technical services and contractor maintenance services for an estimated cost of $1.8 billion
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on 13 June 2023.
The Government of Kuwait has requested to buy continuation of contractor engineering technical services; contractor maintenance services; Hush House (an enclosed, noise-suppressed aircraft jet engine testing facility) support services; and Liaison Office Support for the Government of Kuwait’s F/A-18 C/D/E/F program, to include: F/A-18 avionics software upgrades; engine component improvements; ground support equipment; engine and aircraft spares and repair parts; publications and technical documentation; Engineering Change Proposals (ECP); U.S. Government and contractor programmatic, financial, and logistics support; maintenance and engineering support; F404/F414 engine and engine test cell support; and other related elements of logistical and program support. This proposed sale will provide follow-on sustainment support to Kuwait’s F/A-18C/D/E/F aircraft. The estimated cost is $1.8 billion.
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by helping to improve the security of a Major Non-NATO ally that has been an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.
The proposed sale will improve Kuwait’s ability to meet current and future regional threats. Kuwait will have no difficulty absorbing this support and services into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractors will be Sigmatech, Inc., Huntsville, Alabama; Kay and Associates, Inc., Buffalo Grove, Illinois; Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR), Houston, Texas; L3 Technologies, Melbourne, Florida; The Boeing Company, St. Louis, Missouri; General Electric, Lynn, Massachusetts; Industrial Financial Services, Ottawa, Ontario (Canada); and Lockheed Martin, Orlando, Florida.
Additional principal contractors will be determined by a competitive contractual award process. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require the assignment of seven hundred thirty-five (735) U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Kuwait for a period of three years to establish and maintain operational capability.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law. The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded
Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA); File Photo: Kuwaiti F/A-18D Hornet Fighter © Boeing