US Approves Sale of C-130Js and KC-130Js to Germany

Three US Marine Corps KC-130J Super Hercules tanker aircraft from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 (VMGR-352) conduct a formation flight for the unit’s 75th anniversary on March 30, 2018. US approval has been granted for Germany to purchase three KC-130Js, along with three C-130J-30s. USMC/Lance Cpl Clare J McIntire

US STATE Department approval has been granted for a possible Foreign Military Sale to Germany of three C-130J-30 Super Hercules and three KC-130J tankers for an estimated cost of $1.40 billion.  The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) confirmed the approval in an announcement yesterday, May 4, and delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on the same day.

In addition to the six aircraft, the Government of Germany has requested purchase of four spare Rolls Royce AE 2100D turboprop engines and eight Link-16 MIDS Terminals (one per aircraft, plus two spares).  Also included in the deal will be eight AN/ALE 47 electronic countermeasure dispensers (one per aircraft, plus two spares); eight AN/AAR-47A(V)2 missile warning systems (one per aircraft, plus two spares); eight AN/ALR-56M radar warning receivers (one per aircraft, plus two spares); eight MX-20 electro-optical/infrared imaging systems (one per aircraft, plus two spares); AN/APX-114/119 Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Mode 5; Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS); secure communications; precision navigation and cryptographic equipment; night vision devices; support and test equipment; publications and technical documentation; personnel training and training equipment; US Government and contractor engineering; technical and logistics support services; and other related elements of logistical and programme support.

The DSCA notes that the proposed sale will increase the airlift, air refuelling, and air drop capabilities of the German Air Force and will greatly increase interoperability between the US Air Force and the German Air Force as well as other NATO allies.  The German Air Force will use these aircraft to conduct airlift, air refuelling, and air drop missions as part of the previously announced French-German allied squadron that will be based in Evreux, France.  This common air transport squadron will have unrestricted exchange of aircraft, air crews and maintainers, as well as technical and logistical support based on a common pool of spare parts and a common service support contract.  These exchanges would be carried out pursuant to separate authorizations from the United States.

The C-130Js will provide crucial air refuelling capability to German and French fighter and light transport aircraft, as well as helicopters.  Germany requests these capabilities to provide for the support of its deployed troops, regional security and interoperability with France and the United States.