Israel Requests C-130J From U.S.
WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Israel has submitted a formal request for advanced
tactical air transports in a $1.9 billion project.
Israel has asked the United States for nine C-130J-30 aircraft in what
officials said would modernize the air transport fleet of the Jewish state.
They said the C-130Js would be equipped with advanced self-protection
systems to counter surface-to-air missiles.
"The proposed sale will enhance the foreign policy and national security
objectives of the U.S. by providing the Israeli government with a credible
special operations airlift capability that will deter aggression in the
region, provide humanitarian airlift capability, and ensure interoperability
with U.S. forces in coalition operations," the Defense Security Cooperation