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UAE requests F-16 program support package

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.

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The Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) 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.


Courtesy of DSCA

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A UAEAF F-16F block 60 departs a KC-10A Extender aircraft from the 908th EARS after refueling during a multinational exercise on December 7th, 2009, in Southwest Asia. [USAF photo by SSgt. Michael B. Keller]

UAEAF F-16E block 60 #3028 flies over Southern Arizona on August 11th, 2009 before heading to the country's first Red Flag at Nellis AFB. The 162nd FW at Tucson IAP maintains and operates a squadron of block 60s for the purpose of training the UAEAF in the advanced multi-role fighter. [Photo by James Haseltine]