F-16 aircraft

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of engines and associated parts for the Hellenic Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

Under the estimated $250m FMS, Greece has requested supply of a range of spare parts and services for F100-PW-229 engines, including inlet/fan modules, core engine modules, rear compressor drive turbines, fan drive turbine modules, augmentor duct and nozzle modules, and gearbox modules.

The package will also include support equipment, publications and technical documentation, engineering, and logistics support services, as well as other related elements of programme support.

Besides ensuring Greece maintains its aircraft fleet at the highest state of readiness to face any potential threats, the uninterrupted spare parts and support supply also contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by directly enhancing the security of a Nato ally.

"The uninterrupted spare parts and support supply also contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the US by directly enhancing the security of a Nato ally."

The proposed sale will not be for one sole source contract for this sale.

An increased thrust derivative of the F100-PW-220 engine, the F100-PW-229 features modern turbine materials, cooling management techniques, compressor aerodynamics, as well as electronic controls.

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Having 17,800lbs dry thrust and 29,160lbs thrust with afterburner, the engine initially flew in 1989, and currently powers late-model F-16s and the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.

The engines have powered the Hellenic Air Force’s Block 52+ F-16 fleet since 2002.

Manufactured by Lockheed Martin, the F-16 Fighting Falcon was initially designed as an air superiority day fighter, but later evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft for precise delivery of ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.

Apart from Greece, the fighters are also operational with the air forces of Israel, Egypt, New Zealand, South Korea, Chile, Poland, UAE, Bahrain, Greece, Singapore, and the US, as well as the Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard units, and the US Navy.

Image: A Hellenic Air Force’s F-16D Block 52 aircraft being displayed at the 2008 HAF air show in Greece. Photo: courtesy of stefg74.

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