The State Department has approved a possible $343 million deal with Kuwait to continue a support contract for its two C-17 aircraft for another three years.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified Congress on Oct. 12 of the foreign military sale (FMS), which includes supporting the C-17 Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program, providing logistical support, alternate mission equipment, engine maintenance and part modifications as needed.

C-17. Photo: Air Force.
C-17. Photo: Air Force.

“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.  Kuwait plays a large role in U.S. efforts to advance stability in the Middle East, providing basing, access, and transit for U.S. forces in the region,” a State Department official said in a statement.

Kuwait ordered its first Boeing C-17 aircraft in Sept. 2010 and the second in April 2013.

The original support contract with Boeing was set to end in September of this year. The new deal will extend services for another three years, with an option for an additional two-years.

Upgrades under the latest FMS include new fixed installation satellite antennas and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out surveillance systems.