The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible foreign military sales (FMS) of F-16 Block 70/72 aircraft, AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles and AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Air Launched Block II Missiles to Philippines.
The potential sale of F-16 fighter jets, as well as Sidewinder and Harpoon missiles to the Philippines was approved by the US State Department.
The three FMSs have a combined value of over $2.5bn.
These capabilities will allow the Philippines Air Force to meet current and future threats while modernising its military forces.
DSCA said in a statement: “This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner that continues to be an important force for political stability, peace, and economic progress in South East Asia.”
Philippines has requested to buy 24 AIM-9X Sidewinder Block II tactical missiles, 24 AIM-9X Block II Captive Air Training Missiles (CATMs), six tactical guidance units and ten CATM Guidance Units.
The South East Asian country is also seeking to buy ten F-16C Block 70/72 aircraft, two F-16D Block 70/72 aircraft, 15 F100-PW-229EEP engines and other associated equipment for $2.43bn.
In addition, it will procure 12 AGM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II air-launched missiles and two ATM-84L-1 Harpoon Block II Exercise missiles.
This deal includes container, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, and other related equipment. It is valued at $120m.
Furthermore, services such as US Government and contractor engineering, technical, as well as other associated elements of logistical and programme support will be part of the sale package.