Argentina would potentially like to spend an estimated $166 million for the commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) avionics upgrade of five C-130-H aircraft, associated equipment, parts training and logistical support, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress recently.

The prime contractors for the program are not known at this time, DSCA said in a statement.

Argentina requested a possible purchase of COTS avionics upgrades that includes minor Class IV modifications, ground handling equipment, repair and return, spare and repair parts, support equipment, publications and technical documentation. The purchase would also include tools and test equipment, personnel training and training equipment, programmed depot maintenance, U.S. government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services.

The proposed sale would improve Argentina’s ability to meet current and future needs for its existing C-130 fleet. Argentina uses its C-130 in humanitarian and Antarctic missions.

Argentina, which already has C-130s in its inventory, will have no difficulty absorbing the upgraded systems into its armed forces. The proposed sale will enhance U.S and Argentine Air Force relations, DSCA said.

Implementation of this proposed sale will require the temporary assignment of approximately two (2) U.S. Government and 48 contractor representatives to Argentina during the duration of the program.