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Kazakhstan gets green light for Scorpion ISR aircraft purchase

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Sierra Nevada Corp photo of a US Army King Air 300 MARSS aircraft

The US State Department has approved a possible sale of King Air B300ER Scorpion intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan’s potential purchase of the two aircraft and associated equipment would be worth around $128.1 million, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has estimated.

In addition to the two King Airs, Kazakhstan has requested to buy three Raytheon AST TITAN communications intelligence (COMINT) sensor suites and three Leonardo Osprey 30 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radars. Also included in the request are three WESCAM MX-15HDi electro optical sensor systems, fixed and transportable ground control stations and other supporting equipment.

“The proposed sale will improve Kazakhstan’s capability to meet current and future threats by improving its capability to deter regional threats and conduct border security operations. Kazakhstan will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment and services into its armed forces,” DSCA said in a statement.

The principal contractor would be Sierra Nevada Corporation.