The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a possible
Foreign Military Sale to Australia of up to four C-17 GLOBEMASTER III aircraft,
as well as associated equipment and services. The total value, if all options
are exercised, could be as high as $2 billion.
The Government of Australia requested a possible sale of up to four C-17
GLOBEMASTER III aircraft, up to 18 Pratt & Whitney F117-PW-100 engines, up to
four AN/AAQ-24V(13) Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) Systems, up
to 15 AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Goggles; Personnel Life Support equipment, spare and
repair parts, supply support, training equipment and support, publications and
technical data, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance and other
related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $2 billion.
Australia is one of our most important allies in the Western Pacific. The
strategic location of this political and economic power contributes
significantly to ensuring peace and economic stability in the region.
Australia's efforts in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, peacekeeping, and
humanitarian operations have made a significant impact to regional, political,
and economic stability and have served U.S. national security interests. This
proposed sale is consistent with those objectives and facilitates burden sharing
with our allies.
Australia does not currently have a heavy airlift capability and must rely on
outside sources for these services. This assistance normally takes the form of
either U.S. Air Force airlift or contract carriers that use Russian heavy
airlift aircraft. The C-17 will greatly improve Australia's capability to
rapidly deploy in support of global coalition operations and will also greatly
enhance its ability to lead regional humanitarian/peacekeeping operations.
Australia has the ability to absorb and employ the C-17. It plans on basing the
C-17s at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Amberly. RAAF Base Amberly will
become the primary base for airlift and tanker aircraft and is currently
undergoing the infrastructure upgrades required to support the C-17 and other
large aircraft Australia has currently contracted to purchase.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not affect the basic
military balance in the region. This proposed sale will involve the following
contractors: Boeing Company Long Beach, California; Boeing Company Training
Systems St. Louis, Missouri AAI Services Corporation Goose Creek, South
Carolina; United Technologies Corporation East Hartford, Connecticut Northrop
Grumman Systems Corporation Rolling Meadows, Illinois.
Additional subcontractors may be needed depending on the exact nature of the
contracting arrangements established. Offset agreements associated with this
proposed sale are expected, but at this time the specific offset agreements are
undetermined and will be defined in negotiations between the purchaser and
This proposed sale will result in Boeing establishing a facility at RAAF Base
Amberly that will provide logistics support for the C-17 under the current
GLOBEMASTER Support Partnership. The proposed plan will require seven each U.S.
Government and Australian representatives at the facility. Implementation of
this proposed sale will require the assignment of up to ten each U.S. Government
and contractor representatives to travel to Australia for annual participation
in training, program management, and technical review.
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; it does not
mean that the sale has been concluded.
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