The US State Department has approved the possible sale of a Lockheed Martin C-130J and six engines to the government of Brunei.
Brunei requested clearance to purchase one C-130J and six Rolls-Royce AE2100D3 engines – four installed and two spares ‑ along with equipment, spare parts and training and logistical support for a total $343 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced on 7 October. DSCA delivered the necessary certification to Congress for approval on 6 October.
The country has been considering the purchase of a C-130J since at least 2005, when an example conducted flight demonstrations there following the Aero India air show. Other maritime patrol aircraft being considered at the time included the ATR 42, Bombardier Dash 8, the Airbus CN-235 and C-295, Beech 1900D and Saab 2000, according to reports.
Brunei proposes to use the aircraft in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions. It will also be operated in support of maritime patrol and search-and-rescue missions, DSCA says.(Flightglobal)