Wed, Jul 07, 2010
Aircraft Have Been Deemed Excess Defense Articles By The U.S.
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress June
30 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia. The country
wants to refurbish 12 SH-60F Multi-Mission Utility Helicopters
being provided as Excess Defense Articles, and acquire
the associated equipment, parts, training and logistical
support for an estimated cost of $282 million.
U.S. Navy SH-60F File Photo
The request also covers 29 T700-GE-401C engines (24 installed
and 5 spares), inspections, spare and repairs parts, support
equipment, personnel training and training equipment, publications
and technical data, U.S. Government and contractor engineering,
technical and logistics support services, and other related
elements of logistics support.
This 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 that has been and continues to be an
important force for economic and military progress in North
This proposed sale would enhance the modernization of the
Tunisian Air Force's over-water search and rescue capability and
enable continued interoperability with U.S. Armed Forces and other
coalition partners in the region. The proposed sale would further
improve Tunisia's overall ability to perform humanitarian missions,
search and rescue, medical evacuations, fire-fighting, and to
maintain the integrity of its borders. Tunisia will have no
difficulty absorbing the helicopters into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter
the basic military balance in the region.
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