KUWAIT CITY, Jan 24, (Agencies): Kuwait has informed the US that it plans to go ahead with the purchase of 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets. However, specialized military committees will follow up on the details of the purchase of the fighter jets, and their maintenance, training and spare parts. Kuwait had sought to purchase 40 Super Hornet Aircraft — 32 F/A-18E and eight F/A-18F, all with F414-GE-400 engines — with support, equipment, and training at an estimated cost of $10.1 billion.
In November 2016, the State Department said it had approved the sale, explaining it “will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a major non-NATO ally that has been, and continues to be, an important force for political and economic progress in the Middle East. “The proposed sale of the F/A-l8E/F Super Hornet aircraft will improve Kuwait’s capability to meet current and future warfare threats. Kuwait will use the enhanced capability to strengthen its homeland defence.