Egypt has requested the sale of 24 F-16C/D and associated weapons and equipment from the US to modernise the Egyptian Air Force.

The total value of the proposed contract is expected to reach $3.2bn if all options are exercised.

The 24 F-16s will be fitted with either F100-PW-229 or F110-GE-129 engines (IPE) and APG-68(V)9 radars.

The request includes orders for spare engines and radar sets, 60 LAU-129/A common rail launchers, AN/APX-113 advanced identification friend or foe (AIFF) systems without mode IV and an equal number of M61 20mm Vulcan cannons.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which announced the proposed sale, also listed non-major defence equipment such as electronic warfare systems, electronic countermeasures, airborne reconnaissance systems, GPS and targeting pods.

The US foreign military sale will further include base construction, support equipment, software development and integration, tanker support, and technical, engineering and logistics support services.

With this order, the Egyptian Air Force will be able to renew its capabilities and support its own air defence needs and coalition operations.

The industry team for the sale will include Lockheed, Boeing, Northrop, Raytheon and BAE.

The DSCA observes that the implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple trips to Egypt involving US Government and contractor representatives for technical reviews and support, programme management and training over a period of 15 years.