WASHINGTON, (BM) – The US State Department has approved the potential supply of France under the program “Foreign military sales” Aircraft AWACS E-2D “Advanced Hawkeye” and related equipment, learned BulgarianMilitary.com. The total cost of the sale could be $ 2 billion.
The United States Department of Defense Security Collaboration Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of a planned sale on July 6.
The French government has approached the United States with a request for the possibility of acquiring 3 Advanced Aircraft Hawkay DRLOiU E-2D aircraft, 10 T56-A-427A engines (6 installed and 4 spare), 3 APY-9 radars, 4 AN / ALQ-217 radio intelligence systems (3 installed and 1 spare).
The purchase also including 3 integrated navigation and display systems AN / AYK-27, 5 multifunctional information distribution systems Link-16 MIDS-JTRS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System / Joint Tactical Radio System), including 3 installed and 2 spare, 10 sets of integrated inertial / GPS navigation systems (6 installed and 4 spare), 4 “friend or foe” state identification systems AN / APX-122 (A) and AN / APX-123 (A) (3 installed and 1 spare), single Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS)
The request also includes flight and ground support equipment, auxiliary and training equipment, spare parts and assemblies, technical documentation, delivery, staff training, technical, engineering and logistical support from the US government and contractor, as well as other related material support and support programs.
As stated, “the implementation of this program is in the interests of US foreign policy and national security and will improve the security of the NATO ally, which is an important force for ensuring political stability and economic progress in Europe.”
The notice notes that this sale will expand France’s ability to counter existing and future threats by replacing the obsolete Hawkai E-2C. In addition, the E-2D will ensure the compatibility of the French Navy with the US Navy.
Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. Aerospace Systems, a division of Aerospace Systems, was selected as the main contractor for the project. If it is necessary to complete the offset program accompanying the contracts, its conditions will be determined during further negotiations between the buyer and the contractor.
The notice of sale is published in accordance with the requirements of American law and does not mean that contracts for the sale of the specified equipment in the requested volume will be necessarily concluded.
As TsAMTO [news agency – ed.] reported, currently the French Navy has three Hawkai E-2s in service. The purchase of the latest AWACS aircraft has been considered for quite some time. Last year, the French Ministry of Defense confirmed its intention to conclude a contract for their supply in 2020.
France intends to build a next generation aircraft carrier
As we reported on May 19 France intends to build a new aircraft carrier by 2038 instead of the Charles de Gaulle now in service, according Minister of Defense Florence Parley statement.
“We need the superiority that has made you world famous, because it is here, in Saint-Nazaire, that a new generation aircraft carrier will be built that will replace Charles de Gaulle in 2038,” the Minister quoted Twitter as saying shipyard workers, reports TASS.
“This investment in our defense is also an investment in the economy of our country, in our jobs in industry, in the development of technologies and skills. We all must mobilize in order to resume production activities,” quoted Rally Novosti as saying.
“Charles de Gaulle” is the flagship of the French Navy and the only aircraft carrier in the country. The ship was put into service in 1994.
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