The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale (FMS) for the F-16 Block 52 upgrade programme and associated equipment, parts and logistical support to Singapore.
Approved by the US State Department, the estimated $130m sale for the upgrade will cover reliability, supportability and combat effectiveness concerns associated with its ageing F-16 fleet.
Singapore has also requested 50 Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, 90 AN/APX-126 advanced identification friend or foe interrogator/transponders, 150 LAU-129 missile launchers, eight KMU-572/B 500lb joint direct attack munition (JDAM) tail kits, nine KMU-556/B 2000lb JDAM Tail Kits, two FMU-152 munition fuse units.
The proposed sale also includes ten MK-82 500lb inert bombs, three MK-84 2000lb inert bombs, 12 LN-260 embedded global positioning system/inertial navigation systems (GPS/INS), 20 GBU-39/B small diameter bombs (SDB), 92 Link-16 multifunctional information distribution system/low-volume terminals (MIDS/LVT).
Additionally, two SDB guided test vehicles, computer control group and tail assembly for GBU-49, DSU-38/40 proximity sensor for JDAM, GBU-39 tactical training round, ADU-890/E and 891 adaptor group for common munitions built-in-test/reprogramming equipment, encryption/decryption device, MIDS/LVT ground support station, and other related elements of programme and logistics support are also included.
Apart from increasing the ability and reliability of the Republic of Singapore Air Force’s (RSAF) ageing fleet of F-16s, the newly upgraded aircraft will help better defend its borders and contribute to coalition operations.
Principal contractors for the proposed include Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, BAE Advanced Systems, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, ITT Defense Electronics and Services, ITT Integrated Structures, ITT Night Vision, L3 Communications, Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Lockheed Martin Simulation, Training, and Support, Northrop-Grumman Electro-Optical Systems, Northrop-Grumman Election Systems, Raytheon and Raytheon Missile System.
Image: A RSAF F-16 in alert fighter taxiing. Photo: courtesy of Luhai Wong via Wikipedia.