The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress today of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Iraq of 12 Bell 412 EP helicopters and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $300 million.
The Government of Iraq has requested a possible sale of 12 Bell 412 EP helicopters equipped with Star SAFIRE III EO/IR systems, PT6T-3DF engines, KDM-706 Distance Measuring Equipment, KNR 634 VOR/LOC with MB/HSI, MST67A Transponder, Artex C406-1HM Emergency Locator Transmitter, Wulfsberg FlexComm II C5000 System with Synthesized Guard, KTR-908 Very High Frequency Radios, NAT AA-95 Audio System, 660 Weather Radar, AAI Radome, Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS) Compatible Cockpit Lighting, SX-16 Nightsun, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical data, personnel training and training equipment, site surveys, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of program and logistics support. The estimated cost is $300 million.
This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner. This proposed sale directly supports the Iraq government and serves the interests of the Iraqi people and the U.S.
This proposed sale will contribute to Iraq’s stability and sovereignty by providing a critical component to building its Air Force and achieving air sovereignty. This equipment will provide the Iraqi Air Force with a search and rescue capability critical to developing a mature Air Force.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractor will be Bell Helicopter Textron, Hurst, TX. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require approximately 20 U.S. Government contractor representatives to travel to Iraq for a period of up 3 years to provide aircraft specific flight and maintenance training and logistical support.
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 and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
Date: Jul 26, 2013