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August 9, 2015

US to deliver $150m F-16 follow-on support to Bahrain

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) to Bahrain for F-16 follow-on support and associated equipment, parts and logistics.

By Samseer M

The US State Department has approved a possible foreign military sale (FMS) to Bahrain for F-16 follow-on support and associated equipment, parts and logistics.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress about the potential sale.

Under this proposed sale, Bahrain will receive support for its existing F-16 fleet including, support and communications equipment, ammunition, personal training and training equipment, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation.

"This proposed sale will help the US to support Bahrain, a major non-north Atlantic treaty organisation (Nato) ally, to improve national security."

In addition, the purchase would cover electronic combat international security assistance program, US Government and contractor technical, logistics, and engineering support services, and other related elements of logistics and programme support.

The FMS aims to maintain the operational readiness of the Royal Bahrain Air Force’s (RBAF) ageing F-16 fleet.

In addition to its long operational years, an increased operational tempo due to recent involvement in Operation Inherent Resolve has compelled the fleet to undergo maintenance and sustainment.

This proposed sale will help the US to support Bahrain, a major non-north Atlantic treaty organisation (Nato) ally, to improve national security.

The principal contractor for this proposed deal is unknown at this time.

Lockheed Martin-built F-16 Fighting Falcon is a multirole jet fighter, designed initially as an air superiority day fighter.

The aircraft later evolved into a successful all-weather, multirole aircraft for accurate delivery of ordnance during non-visual bombing conditions.

Bahrain currently operates ten F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

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