The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of the potential foreign military sale of an F-16 engine and sustainment programme to Jordan.
Under the estimated $115.1m sale, Jordan has requested the provision for repair and return of F-16 engines, sustainment and support which is an amendment to its existing contract for repair of the Royal Jordanian Air Force’s 52 F100-PW-220E engines.
Additionally, the contract covers provision for parts, components, accessories, and labour to remanufacture the current propulsion fleet at scheduled maintenance intervals.
The proposed military sale will also help the US in its foreign policy and national security, by helping Jordan, a major non-Nato ally, to improve its security and continue to support the US-led coalition to combat ISIS forces.
An upgraded version of the F-100 engine, the F100-PW-220E, features a full-authority digital electronic engine control (DEEC) system, enhanced augmentor operability and precision control, and produces comparable thrust and improved response over its predecessor.
This engine and sustainment programme is expected to enhance the military capabilities of the Royal Jordanian Air Force.
Pratt & Whitney will serve as the prime contractor for the proposed sale.
Manufactured by General Dynamics / 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.
Besides Jordan, the aircraft is also operational with the air forces of Israel, Egypt, New Zealand, South Korea, Chile, Poland, UAE, Bahrain, Greece, Singapore and the US armed forces.
Image: One of the US Air Force (USAF) operated AF QF-16A. Photo: MSgt. J. Scott Wilcox.