The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a $1.95bn potential foreign military sale (FMS) of F-16 weapons and munitions to Iraq.

Iraq had previously requested 36 F-16 fighter jets and associated equipment and defence services.

The request includes 20 joint helmet mounting cueing systems, 24 AIM-9M Sidewinder missiles, 150 AGM-65D Maverick missiles, 14,120 500-pound general purpose bombs, 2,400 2,000-pound general purpose bombs, over 8,000 laser-guided bomb (LGB) tail kits and 8,500 FMU-152 fuses.

Additionally, Iraq will acquire 250 LGB Paveway II tail kits to be combined with 2,000-pound warheads for MK-82 and / or BLU-117 to build GBU-10 guided bombs.

The proposed sale will improve the critical capability of the Iraqi forces by enabling them to fully maintain and employ aircraft and sustain pilot training to attain national security goals.

"The proposed sale will improve the critical capability of the Iraqi forces by enabling them to fully maintain and employ aircraft."

The principal vendors for the FMS programme are Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, The Marvin Group, United Technologies Aerospace Systems, Royal Jordanian Air Academy and Michael Baker International.

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The combat-proven single-engine multirole fighter aircraft F-16 is currently operational in 28 countries including Pakistan, Turkey, Israel, Egypt and the Netherlands.

Last week, Iraq requested the supply of 5,000 AGM-114K/N/R Hellfire missiles, ten 114K M36E9 captive air training missiles, and associated equipment and defence services under an FMS worth $800m.

Lockheed Martin was selected to serve as the principal contractor.

Image: F-16 is currently operational in 28 countries. Photo: courtesy of Senior Airman Jordan Castelan / US Air Force.