December 19, 2007 (by Asif Shamim) - This week the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) has notified Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Morocco of F-16C/D Block 50/52 aircraft and associated equipment.
The total value, if all options are exercised, could be as high as $2.4 billion.
The Government of Morocco
has requested a possible sale of:
Major Defense Equipment (MDE)
- 24 F-16C/D Block 50/52 aircraft with either the F100-PW-229 or
- F110-GE-129 Increased Performance Engines (IPE) and APG-68(V)9 radars;
- 5 F100-PW-229 or F110-GE-129 IPE spare engines;
- 4 APG-68(V)9 spare radar sets;
- 30 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasures Dispensing Systems (CMDS)
- 30 AN/ALR-56M Radar Warning Receivers (RWR)
- 60 LAU-129/A Launchers;
- 30 LAU-117 Launchers;
- 6 Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems;
- 4 AN/ARC-238 Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGAR) radios with HAVE QUICK I/II;
- 24 Conformal Fuel Tanks (pairs);
- 4 Link-16 Multifunctional Information Distribution System-Low Volume Terminals;
- 2 Link-16 Ground Stations;
- 4 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Embedded GPS/ Inertial Navigation Systems (INS);
- 12 AN/AAQ-33 SNIPER Targeting Pods or AN/AAQ-28 LITENING Targeting Pods
- 5 Tactical Air Reconnaissance Systems (TARS) or DB-110 Reconnaissance Pods (RECCE);
- 4 AN/APX-113 Advanced Identification Friend or Foe (AIFF) Systems;
- 28 AN/ALQ-211 Advanced Integrated Defensive Electronic Warfare Suites (AIDEWS); or 28 AN/ALQ-187 Advanced Self-Protection Integrated Suites
- (ASPIS II); or 28 AN/ALQ-178 Self Protection Electronic Warfare Suites (SPEWS)
- 1 Unit Level Trainer
Associated support equipment, software development/integration, tanker support, ferry services, CAD/PAD, repair and return, modification kits, spares and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical, engineering, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics support. The estimated cost is $2.4 billion.
The proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by enhancing Morocco’s capacity to support U.S. efforts in the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT), as well as supporting Morocco’s legitimate need for its own self-defense.
The principal contractors will be:
- BAE Advanced Systems Greenlawn, New York
- Boeing Corporation Seattle, Washington
- Boeing Integrated Defense Systems (three locations) St Louis, Missouri, Long Beach, California, San Diego, California
- Raytheon Company (two locations) Lexington, Massachusetts, Goleta, California
- Raytheon Missile Systems Tucson, Arizona
- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Fort Worth, Texas
- Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control Dallas, Texas
- Northrop-Grumman Electro-Optical Systems Garland, Texas
- Pratt & Whitney United Technology Company East Hartford, Connecticut
- General Electric Aircraft Engines Cincinnati, Ohio
- Goodrich ISR Systems Danbury, Connecticut
- L3 Communications Arlington, Texas
Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple trips to Morocco involving U.S. Government and contractor representatives for technical reviews/support, program management, and training over a period of 15 years.