The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in a statement that the State Department had signed off on the sale, giving the green light for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide project management, engineering services, technical support and other services regarding the construction of facilities and infrastructure for the air base.
The overall project includes a main operations centre, hangars, training facilities and other features required for a fully functioning air base, according to the Pentagon.
“The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by supporting the infrastructure needs of a friendly country which has been, and continues to be, an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East,” the DSCA said in the report, adding, “The new airbase will ensure the continued readiness of the Kuwait Air Force and allow for the continued education of current and future Kuwait Air Force personnel.”
DSCA has also clarified that while approval has been given to the proposal, no sale has been concluded or finalised.
The new project will replace existing facilities and will provide autonomous air base operations to the Kuwait Air Force. The Pentagon was reported as saying that the construction of the air base will also enable Kuwait to enhance its military operations and promote security and stability throughout the region.