F-16C aircraft

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) of F-16 A/C Fighting Falcon aircraft’s weapon systems and associated equipment to Oman.

As per the estimated $117m FMS, Oman has requested the supply of 27 AIM-120C-7 advanced medium range air-to-air missiles, 162 GBU-12 Paveway II 500lb laser guided bombs, 162 FMU-152 bomb fuses and 150 BLU-111B/B 500lb conical fin general-purpose bombs (freefall tail).

Additional weapons include 60 BLU-111B/B 500lb retarded fin general-purpose bombs (ballute tail), 32 CBU-105 wind corrected munitions dispensers, as well as 20mm projectiles and the aerial gunnery target system.

Training munitions, flares, chaff, containers, impulse cartridges, weapon support equipment and components will also be supplied, along with spare and repair parts, personnel training and training equipment, technical support services, site survey, and other logistical support services.

Announced in support of the Royal Air Force of Oman’s existing 12 F-16s and its ongoing acquisition of 12 additional F-16C/D Block 50 aircraft, the sale is expected to enhance the air force’s capability to support both its own air defence requirements and those of coalition forces.

As well as augmenting Oman’s capability to address existing and future regional threats, the potential sale also contributes to the foreign policy and national security of the US by improving the security of Oman, which continues to serve as an important force for political stability and economic progress in the Middle East.

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Prime contractors for the programme include Raytheon, Textron Defense Systems, General Dynamics and McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.

Powered by a single Pratt & Whitney F-100-GE-129 turbofan engine, the F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter, designed initially as an air superiority day fighter, which later evolved into a successful all-weather multirole aircraft.

Image: An F-16C Fighting Falcon aircraft during its flight. Photo: file image.