June 12, 2014 (by Asif Shamim) - The State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to Singapore for F-16 Pilot Training and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $251 million.
RSAF F-16D block 52 #96-5035 from the 425th FS is seen taxiing off the runway after landing on runway 21 right at Luke AFB on February 24th, 2010. [Photo by Rogier Ottens]
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on June 11, 2014.
The Government of Singapore
has requested a possible sale of follow-on support and services for Singaporeâ€™s Continental United States (CONUS
) detachment PEACE CARVIN II based at Luke Air Force Base for a five-year period.
MDE consists of 80 CATM-9M Captive Air Training Missiles. Also included: jet fuel, containers, publications and technical documentation, tactics manuals and academic instruction, maintenance, clothing and individual equipment, execution and support of CONUS exercise deployments, airlift and aerial refueling, support equipment, spare and repair parts, repair and return, personnel training and training equipment, U.S. Government and contractor technical and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $251 million.
Singapore needs this training and equipment to support its F-16 aircraft. The continuation of this training program will enable Singapore to develop mission-ready and experienced F-16 pilots. The well-established pilot proficiency training program at Luke Air Force Base will support professional interaction and enhance operational interoperability with U.S. forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The principal contractor will be Raytheon Corporation in Tucson, Arizona. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government and contractor representatives to Singapore.