Sunday, August 23, 2009
KC-135s, Hercules, Missile System for Chile?
The air force is acquiring two surplus KC-135E tanker planes from the U.S. in one of several purchases under discussion. The first KC-135E may be delivered as early as October, according to Enfoque Estrategico. Offers for two C-130 Hercules transport aircraft are being entertained from Norway, the U.S. and England, the report adds. The most significant acquisition under discussion involves the SPADA 2000 air defense system from the European consortium MBDA. The system would operate with Aspide missiles from Finmeccanica/Alenia and the Giraffe 3D radar from Saab Microwave. Chile's army may also buy a few C-235 and C-212 light transport planes.