Kuwait eyes $200m military jets support package

US Defence Security Cooperation Agency says Gulf state keen to sign military agreement

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Kuwait is interested in buying a technical and logistics support package worth $200m for its F/A-18 military jets from the United States.

The Defence Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of the possible foreign military sale to the Gulf state.

It said in a statement that the Government of Kuwait has requested logistics support, contractor maintenance, and technical services in support of the the aircraft.

The package would include avionics software upgrade, engine component improvement, ground support equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, the statement said.

"The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East," the statement added.

The principal contractors will be General Dynamics of Virginia, The Boeing Company and Wyle Laboratories, of Alabama.

The agency said the implementation of the proposed sale will require the assignment of 90 US government and contractor representatives for a period of three years to establish and maintain operational capability.

In April, the agency said Kuwait was interested in buying a package of military hardware worth $371m including a Globemaster III aircraft from the United States.

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