May 25, 2011 (by Asif Shamim) - The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress May 24 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of the United Arab Emirates for support and maintenance of F-16 aircraft and associated equipment worth an estimated $100 million.
The Government of the United Arab Emirates
) has requested a possible sale of support and maintenance of F-16 aircraft systems and munitions, spare and repair parts, publications and technical documentation, support equipment, personnel training and training equipment, ground support, communications equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, tools and test equipment, and other related elements of program support. The estimated cost is $100 million.
The UAE Air Force and Air Defense (AF&AD) continue to operate the F-16 block 60
aircraft and previously purchased munitions and support equipment. The continued follow-on support for the UAE's F-16 aircraft and munitions stockpile will ensure operational capability and facilitate UAE AF&AD improvements.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
There is no prime contractor specified for this sale or any known offset agreements proposed in connection with this sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale may require the assignment of additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the UAE.