The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sale (FMS) of F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration aircraft to Slovakia for an estimated cost of $2.91bn.
Under the potential deal, the Slovak Republic has proposed to acquire 14 F-16 Block 70/72 V configuration aircraft, up to 16 F-16 F110 General Electric or F100 Pratt and Whitney engines, 15 M61 A1 Vulcan 20mm guns, and 16 APG-83 active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars.
As part of the FMS, the country has also requested 14 modular mission computers, 14 Link-16 (MIDS-JTRS) secure communication systems, 16 LN260 EGI embedded global positioning system inertial navigation systems (EGI), 14 joint helmet-mounted cueing systems, as well as 14 improved programmable display generators (iPDGs) and other support services.
The fourth-generation F-16 fighter aircraft are being purchased to modernise Slovakia’s Air Force and will replace the current fleet of MiG-29s, which are not interoperable with US forces or regional allies.
The F-16s will also be deployed by the country to strengthen its homeland defence and support Nato defence goals.
The deal will also support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the US and will help improve the security of Nato partner, Slovakia.
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Lockheed Martin will serve as the prime contractor in connection with this sale.
The F-16 Block 70 is the newest generation of Fighting Falcon and features improved radar systems, advanced weapons capabilities, and enhanced battlespace awareness.